After our family celebrations, Sarah and Liana cooked breakfast for fourteen in Leicester (thank you!). Then we took Carson, George and Josh to March. John cleaned up oil in the engine compartment while others shopped, before we set off for Whittlesey. The water was so clear you could see the many fishes and the bottom easily in the afternoon sun. Carson and Josh took turns steering while we chatted.
|Josh and George liked walking along the gunwhales|
|Carson and John both had a go at steering Annie|
|George operating Ashline Lock on the Middle Levels|
|George, Carson and John relaxing as we moored at Whittlesey above Ashline Lock by the Sports Centre|
Monday 31 July Whittlesey through Stansground Lock to Ferry Meadows
Carson got up early and had a shower in the sports centre! Once we had had a leisurely breakfast, we set off through Whittlesey, which had narrows and a sharp bend or two, then into the country for two or three miles to Stansground Lock.
|narrows at Whittlesey|
|the water was clear so you could see lots of fish in the sun|
|beautiful morning on the Middle Level|
|Waiting to go through Stansground Lock and onto the River Nene. Carson, Josh and George on boat, Liana walking to lock|
|Annie moored at the services, Peterborough Riverside|
|Moored outside ASDA. There is a gate through the railings!|
|feeding the swans at Peterborough|
|Liana and Annie moored at Overton Lake, Ferry Meadows|
This sunny morning was perfect for playing pitch & putt golf nearby, close to the NVR station. All four men had a go, while Liana had a coffee at the visitors centre and tidied, before joining them for the last couple of holes. Carson was not having his best game, while John was, surprisingly, more consistent! Certain others seemed to have problems with counting shots!
|wildfowl on Overton Lake island|
|Avoiding canoeists as we enter the Overton Lake channel onto the Nene|
|Milton Ferry Bridge|
After playing with a "bomb" Josh had bought ( a cross between a small American football and a dart), we set off in the sun for Wansford, but the mooring by the NVR station was full, so we carried on. John and Carson steered and chatted, while Josh, George and Liana played Monopoly Deal. Liana and Carson did the locks.
|Approaching Water Newton Lock|
|Bright sunshine below Yarwell Lock|
The evening was spent playing "The Game", Settlers of Catan, followed by Prediction Whist, until we had to stop at midnight!
Wednesday 2 August back to Ferry Meadows
John got up early and prepared the lock, as we were moored on the lock landing. However, we saw no one. Carson and the boys decided they didn't want to go on the Nene Valley Railway, a short walk away, as they would be on the train all day tomorrow, so we set off down river together.
|new private marina at Ship End Pits stone quarry|
|boat near Wansford|
|NVR steam train at Wansford Station, with EA mooring below|
Annie at Water Newton Lock moorings
Chris Turner and Liana at Alwalton Lock
|Elaine Turner on Jophina II|
|Jophina II and Annie breasted up|
|Canoeists near Milton \Ferry \bridge|
Mooring at Overton Lake, Ferry Meadows, we had a Costa and Carson bought the boys another “bomb” (like a cross between a small american football and a dart), but it didn't last and they had to get a third! Liana and the boys played Monopoly Deal before tea. After tea, we played Settlers of Catan, which the boys seem to be enjoying, and Josh just missed winning, pipped at the post by his father! Bed at 1030 as Josh was very tired after his late night.
Up early so we could take Carson, George and Josh the three miles and one lock to Peterborough, to catch the 1015 train back to Edinburgh. George used our trolley as we walked ½ mile to the station from the mooring by Asda. The station was very busy, so we left them and found a Costa to use wifi, to catch up on emails and John's blog. Later we visited the lovely Cathedral and viewed an exhibition of 14 huge needlework pictures depicting the story of Revelations – very effective. After a lunch at Macdonalds, we headed back to the boat, moored on the riverside near the facilities and chilled,