The Mother’s Day Cruise

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Froth has been lying in her moorings all winter long. But narrowboats are meant to travel. So it was with great excitement that we seized the fine weather over the past weekend and prepared for the maiden voyage of 2017! Rosie was certainly keen to get going..

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First things first: we had to take down the pram cover. It’s quite a clever arrangement. A zip joins the two halves in the middle, and when undone they part like a clam shell. It really did not take too long. Here is the back deck in all its glory. You can see the supports for the cover lying flat fore and aft.

There is plenty of room to move the tiller, but the struts also remain within the line of the boat, so no problem in tight situations. For a longer cruise, we would remove them altogether, but Sunday’s trip was to be just one day. Our plan was to go down to the top of the Watford Flight, then turn around and come back again. The trip should take about 4 hours and would involve two trips through Crick tunnel, there and back.

Since it was Mothering Sunday, we had invited all the generations of Louise’s family. This meant a boatload of seven people and a dog. Louise, as usual, cooked a fantastic buffet lunch.

Before we set off, though, here’s a quick peek into the back cabin, where you can see Peter Warden’s fabulous painting of Looe Island now hung on one of the few vertical surfaces on board.

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And so to a photo montage of the day’s trip. All these pictures were taken by Graham, Louise’s Dad, with his super camera.

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Boats in the marina
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Leaving the marina
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Andy at the tiller, catching the sun
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Jack and Toby went ahead in an inflatable kayak
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One of the many Canada geese that are now starting to nest
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Cute lambs everywhere!
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Leanne and Toby, ready for action.
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The buffet!
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Barbie and Rosie contemplate the scenery
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Moored at Watford flight, the family set off for a walk under the M1
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Leaving Crick Tunnel

As you can see, it was a lovely day, with loads of wonderful sights and sounds. There were three mothers on board and we hope each was given a special day to remember.