Wednesday, 3 September 2014


The nice sunset we had at St Neots really did foretell a glorious day and we were back to cloudless blue skies and factor 50 sun screen yesterday. After the previous day's rain it was wonderful!

For a few days now we've been playing leap-frog with a couple on the cruiser Lady Linda, so when we moored up behind them at Godmanchester last night it was time to get to know each other over drinks. We had a lovely evening with David and Linda and it was nice to get a "yoghurt pot's" view of the rivers and canals as opposed to a narrowboat's. They moor on the Great Ouse so told us about places to go to that we would otherwise have missed and as Linda is a keen angler she and Roger had plenty to chat about. They even shared maggots as the local angling shop was closed by the time we arrived.

The visitor moorings beside the park are quite short and we only just managed to get the bow in enough for us to get Chico on and off - and that was after having to ask a hire boat to move up as they were taking up 2 boat lengths. It was very overgrown beside the boat and there was a wasps nest in the bank but the view from the back of the boat was worth it.

Godmanchester is a pretty little village with several thatched cottages

and the smallest Town Hall I have ever seen

There's a good butchers and an angling supplies shop in the village and I can recommend the fish and chip shop/cafe where we had lunch today.

People certainly have very different ideas of what constitutes a "boat" round here. These two were basically just floating caravans but obviously someone's pride and joy.

We're now moored on GOBA moorings just above Hemingford Lock. It was a fairly short trip today as we didn't set off until after lunch and I wanted to dry the washing outdoors and Roger wanted to do some fishing. We'll carry on again tomorrow with a longer trip to get us back on schedule.

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