Thursday, April 1, 2010

Off We Jolly Well Go !

Yes, our New Life has started and it is now Day 5 !    We are now Continuous Cruisers.
Just how many people can say their dream has come true?

Left Trent Lock at Long Eaton, Notts on Sunday 28 March afternoon and today are at Alrewas on the Trent & Mersey Canal making our way south to London via T & M; Coventry, Oxford and Grand Union Canals.    Don’t know how long it will take - doesn’t matter!    Since setting off we’ve only done 24 miles and 16 locks - there is just no rush anymore.  This is first time we have ever stopped in one place for more than a night - feels very strange!   Weather has not been at its kindest with cloud, drizzle, wind, rain and a sighting of sun this morning.

We managed to get everything stored away except for 3 boxes of falling down water (aka perry); Janice’s Treasure Box and a plastic box of yeast and Christmas Puds (Dai’s fav), so they are stacked in the saloon for now.    Cupboards full of food and drink and Jandai’s got a list to the left because of all the sacks of flour stored under the bed (we make our own bread).  Once some of the food/drink  from home has been consumed, then we’ll have plenty of storage space - might even be able to see what we actually have got.

Today we went to the National xxx which is about 20 mins walk from the canal and were quite amazed just how many different memorials there are as well as the Wall of Names (all service men/women who have died since the end of WWII.     Very recently they have constructed the Basra Wall which is an actual wall from Basra encased in marble with plaques of all servicemen and women who died there.    In fact, we didn’t see them all because it was quite cold and windy and then started to rain.      On walk back called in the village butcher to buy our Easter Day meat joint.   We have had meat from there before and has always been fantastic.   There is also a small Co-op supermarket, newsagent, fish & chip shop, Chinese takeaway, 3 pubs, pharmacy and what seems like loads of hairdressers!

We are wondering when it will stop feeling like we’re on holiday - hopefully never.     Life is now just one long holiday!

Have a great Easter Holiday everyone.

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