Well to think that my sister trip as nearly cancelled due to the weather forecasts…. We have had a bit of rain but that has been at night time, apart from that its been brilliant weather.
Pootling along nicely, this morning, we did pass a day boat of ladies of all ages singing at the tops of their voices Bohemian Rhapsody, they all had a glass in hand, big smiles, balloons and streamers as they passed
We all joined in.
The Farm Shop loomed into sight, I knew this as a passing boat had two crew both eating ice-cream tubs, they highly recommended the purchase of, so that was good enough for me.
We moored up and headed in. They have created a paddock into a campsite now too. The shop is well stocked with meat, veg, salad, bread and seven flavours of pretty gorgeous ice-cream.
|This little beauty was parked up by the Farm Shop at Bridge 23.|
I chose Pistachio.
Divine, but the other two refrained, I don’t know how, quite beyond me to refuse ice cream.
We decided on a circular walk to the village of Stoke Golding, it’s such a charming village with period houses alongside sympathetic new builds…..
|Isn't that just fantastic to be sharing a mangle? Almost a first laundrette.|
|I guess this was a non church Free Grammar...?|
|Now maybe this is true, however in the 18 months since we visited the Battlefields they seem to think it was somewhere else completely...|
What is such a curious feature of this village is the church (The Church was selling jams too so we brought two jars) or rather its proximity to two farms almost in the centre of the village, one a turkey farm and the other a dairy farm.
I think down our way in Sussex the chances are busybodies would complain then the farms would be sanctioned and have to change practices that have long existed…. Well maybe thats the case here, but I for one like the fact that this village has a church, school, post office two pubs and two working farms.
Talking of pubs, we went to one. The George and Dragon, my two beer drinking companions sang very high praises of the beer too. It was Church End Brewery. So if you are passing GO THERE!
We walked back to the south of the village and moved the boat onwards….. actually only to the north of the village, there are some 48 hr moorings on the offside to the towpath here right next to the road and a lay-by handily filled with boaters and dog walkers cars. We got in nicely.
I made this, it went down very well with my sister who generally does not like sweet things.
|White chocolate and ginger crunch, easy and calorie free, first tasted at Annie's Tearooms at Thrupp.|
So we ignored it and had supper. Later still he did turn it off and disappeared, I reckon to one of three good pubs nearby. Good.
During the evening THIS HAPPENED!!!!!
|What's that down there....?|
|Oh my word, its getting nearer!!|
|Spreading right across the canal.|
|This was the residue of the Lime Spreading that was going on in high winds in the fields next to us. Marvellous.|
Supper was Chicken Caesar Salad with no chips, however we had fresh anchovies, chargrilled artichokes and a whole bag of Kettle chips, a new flavour of Sea Salt and Rosemary as a starter, Oh boy those are good.