Well a big week, lots of work cleaning up, sorting out etc, but progress is being made and things are starting to become ship shape and Bristol fashion. Yesterday made a dash across the marina to pump out the toilet holding tank as an overflow was imminent. Didn’t do too well on the maneuvers around the marina but didn't hit anything.Arrived back at our berth dried off and went down to the local to meet the lads who work for and with the Marina. Great crowd, had a few pints of Pedigree [nectar] met a few boaties, have a pub lunch meet with one couple for Sunday lunch. Nice dinner of sausage and faggot casserole. Went to bed tired and happy.
Saturday morning managed to sleep until 0730, wonderful. Spent the morning sorting things, and we are now pretty sorted. Walked to the shops 10 min away, finding food really cheap, of notice cheese, a big round of Camembert for 8 pounds [16 dollars] Roll mop herrings 3 dollars a jar. Petrol more expensive, and not so many cheapy Chinese shops. Sarah took herself o town on the local bus, and I fine tuned the bicycles and took a small ride, mad me realise just how unfit I am. Sarah came back from town full of the joys and suggested that it was time that we left the safety of the marina for a cruise. There was a decent wind blowing and yours truly El Capitano made a real pigs ear of leaving the Marina. Every time I thought she was lined up the wind moved her and I hit more than a few pontoons but no boats, a decent experienced Captain would not have done that.
Very pleasant afternoon on the canal did a great swing bridge manoeuvre not to mention a pretty cool 8 point turn without touching either bank, not bad in a lump of steel 53 foot long in a turning spot of 40 foot.
We are now tied up on the canal bank surrounded by nature, and believe me there is a lot of it, rum and coke in front of me stuffed peppers in the oven, bit of luck could be roast Swan tomorrow..
Lets see what tomorrow brings……………………