Thursday 25 April 2019

Hello Peter how are you?

So we enjoyed our evening at the Laughton Hills.  

The next morning we (David) collected the car from Debdale on his trusty Brompton.  Over the winter he had it serviced at home,  the bill whilst smaller than last winter's bill was substantial and I can confirm to you Reader that he has now paid out far more than the initial cost of the bike.  However, he does cycle miles on it and a daughter says its still much cheaper than the gym.  So back to the point of the story, we nipped off to visit lovely friends Ed and Jane who have a fabulous B&B, in fact the very B&B we four (The boat Sharers and us) stayed on we think ten years ago when we very first visited the Crick Boat Show.

Lovely to see them again and I left with a huge coffee cake in my hands, a present from Jane.

Ed is a sheep farmer and confirmed to us what we could see that the land is very very very dry.  Reader you may not have noticed but this winter past has been a a dry one with not nearly enough rain.

So this is silaging and its similar to haymaking but different.  Cows love both, but its easier to make silage with modern tractors.  This usually takes place in May,  David reckons its about three weeks early, another sign of global warming except today I am wearing a vest....

This lovely old, really old boat was on the side, you can tell it's age non boaty Readers as it has a wooden hull, now I can't remember the name, and sadly I can't be 100% sure but it could be NB Dane, if that is correct and please do tell if you know there's a link   HERE  

We were delighted to see Peter.  Reader you may remember that we first met Peter our very trip out on WaL.  He's a boater of many years standing and goes out on this boat that he fitted out himself.  He's ex RAF, and avid bird spotter, reader on his kindle and plane spotter, there are many of which here as there's a nearby airfield.  Oh and Peter is 90 this year.  We always stop to chew the fat and hope that we might be doing so well at that age.

Note the shirt and tie, the boat is immaculate too.

Almost at our destination but this bridge caught my eye, its been completely repointed.  Looks wonderful, pity the other side wasn't all done too.  Saving money I guess, wouldn't it be wonderful if they could save all the old bridges.

This is my second favourite mooring, actually where we met Peter. Its mostly had winter wheat growing in it making it a favoured place for hares, that is to say giving them cover.  I love hares.  

At this spot two years ago I spotted many, you'll have to look back if you too like hares to see them.
Okay, I've found the lovely hares  HERE

Spring sewn beans growing here this year, I am very disappointed.

So supper was the very last of the delicious left overs from Easter.


  1. Lisa our beagles used to love hares. Apparently they are yummy. I suspect it's an acquired taste so I would recommend you have David take the first bite! :-)

  2. Tom, you are a bad bad boy.

    Lisa x