A leisurely start to the day yesterday, a cooked breakfast, showers, Andrew Marr show, a quick visit to the M&S food store at the local garage and we were off to Radford Semele some four miles away to join Dot and Derek of Gypsy Rover. We broke ice as we set off from our overnight mooring opposite Kate Boats but it was only half and inch thick. By the time we had travelled a mile we were in the tracks of Nb Esther, our companion of the Hatton flight of locks, who had obviously set off earlier than the lazy Caxton crew and broken the ice for us.
As I walked the towpath with the dogs I saw a couple of boats coming towards me, that livery looks familiar I thought and when the boat started to via towards me the penny dropped, it was Nb. Gypsy Rover making a dash for it before Caxton turned up!
The two boats just stopped in the cut and we had a chat. Derek and Dot were making a run for civilisation as the weather set in and the freeze hardened - we will meet up again somewhere later in the year no doubt.
In view of the change of plan, Joe and I decided to push on beyond our original destination and our four mile stint became eight and a half miles and ten locks. We are now moored by Cuttle Bridge, just south of Long Itchington and frozen in again!