Just nine miles is our journey today. We are still travelling in a clockwise and south easterly direction on our circular route around Warwickshire. We are moving from Ansty to Newbold, Here we have another appointment. It is with old crew members Maureen and David.
They, you will recall are my long haired one’s sister and her husband. On this occasion they are not cruising with us only visiting us for the day. We have agreed to meet at a house called The Barley Mow just by Newbold tunnel (see my photo today) on the outskirts of Rugby. My bearded one calculated that departure for us at 08:00 would coincide with their arrival from Oxford at 11:00.
I was a bit slow waking him up this morning.) but our journey started on time and although I had been given my breakfast (same old biscuits) my bearded one had to have his standing at the helm, He had a couple of crumpets, and then it started to rain.
We had not been travelling long when we were hailed by another long kennel (called Holly) with an appeal for help, they were stuck on a sand bank!
Now there is a long kennel code and requests for help must always be given.
After skilful manoeuvring, directed by me, my bearded one positioned us to receive a line which was fastened to both vessels and a towing was attempted. Fifteen minutes later. Holly was still stuck fast exactly where she was. My bearded one explained that a kennel travelling in the opposite direction to us would be better positioned for this rescue operation and so with a cheery wave we continued on our way.
We all arrived at the right place at the right time and we visited the Barley Mow where I was made very welcome indeed.
The Barley Mow is well known for its Carvery Sunday lunch. They all seemed to enjoy this immensely, I had nothing and sat quietly under their table. They watched The Monaco Grand Prix on a large television.
The rain today was brief, it was warm enough and cloudy with only brief appearances of sun. My photo today is the short 250 yard tunnel at Newbold.