Hello, nice to see you again. I hope you had a good Christmas.
Ours was very quiet. We'd moored outside the Lime Kilns pub having planned on spending a couple of hours in there at lunch time on Christmas Day before having our Christmas dinner back on the boat. To check it out we went in for lunch on Christmas Eve and while the food was OK the pub itself wasn't. The staff weren't at all friendly and the glasses and cutlery were filthy so we revised our plans and on Christmas Day we walked back to The Wharf pub which is just up the road from Trinity Marina. It was packed with nice friendly people most of whom were wearing their Christmas jumpers. Even though the pub was rammed the 3 bar staff worked wonders and there were hardly any queues. The beer was good too so I've marked it in the book for a return visit in the future.
We've had a couple of good cruising days and are now moored at Hopwas. It was -2.5'C last night and the canal was frozen over this morning.
I was woken up at 7.30 by the sound of breaking ice as a pair of swans went past and the ice has now been well broken up by 3 boats going past. We haven't decided yet whether to move or not, but if the sun keeps shining then we'll probably do a couple of hours after lunch as we need to get to Fradley by weekend.