We travelled north out of Stourport yesterday and moored just short of Wolverley in peaceful countryside. As soon as we had secured the boat we repaired to The Lock Inn and did justice to a couple of pints of Bank's Original bitter before returning to the boat and cooking a meal - point of clarification, WE returned to the boat, I, cooked the meal.
Whilst Joe was on the tiller yesterday I walked most of the way with the dogs and made a point of cheerfully greeting all the fishermen I passed, only one managed to ignore me by staring into his maggot box - perhaps it is a bit like reading tea leaves, Oh, maggot, maggot will I be lucky?
Graham Booth of Nb Rome, The Narrowboat Builders Guide and Waterways World fame has just stopped for a chat and invited us to call in at his mooring tomorrow when we get underway. Today we are staying put as the weather is naff and we have no urgent need to travel.
Today will be a catch-up and clean-up day.
Lessons learnt from first day's cruising:
1) do not attempt to moor on top of a Tesco's trolley
2) do not start engine and cast off without FIRST fitting tiller!!!