Thursday, 2 June 2011


We had an amazing sunset last night which was reflected in the river. The photo doesn't really do it justice.

At about the same time a couple of coconuts floated past. These are quite common on the River Soar and are used in Hindu and Sikh funeral ceremonies when the deceased's ashes are sprinkled into the waters. You can read about this in more detail HERE

Today is our 32nd wedding anniversary. We never give each other cards and presents but this morning Roger got up early and went out and cut me these 2 roses. He can be quite romantic at times and it had me welling up and was worth so much more than shop bought flowers.

As we got closer to Leicester city centre the river got more and more dirty with lots of floating rubbish.  The National Space Centre  looms over Belgrave Lock and Swan’s Nest Weir to the side of the lock was full of rubbish.

This Rottweiller was happy just chilling out looking out over his 20 ft. high wall, but don’t come too close!

After we’d moored up at the festival site and checked in with the organiser Maggie on ‘Forever Young’ we went for a wander round the city centre to find the Post Office and collect our mail.  First impressions of Leicester are that it’s a very ‘young orientated’ city, probably due to the university. It also has lots of international food shops and we stopped in one on the way back to buy fruit and pistachio nuts which we ate in the beer garden of a micro-brewery. It feels like we're on holiday, long may it continue!

river through city centre
tonight's mooring

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