We knew our friend Carol Ives would come visit as she lives in Stratford and always comes to see us whenever we make it to her neck of the woods. Arriving with a gorgeous bouquet of roses and a lovely bottle of White Zinfandel (Les likes dry white wine; I like sweet white wine or Shiraz. But we both enjoy White Zinfandel or Merlot Rose. Mmmmm!), Carol blew in like a fresh spring breeze and we had a lovely afternoon catching up over a lunch of Tapp Sandwiches, potato salad, and freshly baked-still-warm Cherry Almond Bakewell tart. What didn't we discuss? Carol loves narrow boats and has had many a good holiday on the canals. She is definitely thinking about selling up and buying a boat someday. So of course the conversation eventually came around to loos! It always does with narrow boaters.
Earlier in the day while we were watching enthralled and delighted by the mechanics of the rolling bridge, another boater came up and said hello: it was Adam Porter from Briar Rose! Working in London and living in Surrey with his partner Adrian, Adam had read our blog and knew exactly where to find us.
|Adam and Les discussing Airhead composting loos!|
Two days after we arrived, Jacquie and Stein and Lour and Sharon said goodbye, heading for the splendors of the Lee Navigation. Arriving midweek after them it was Andante!
|Jacquie and Stein wave as they head out of Paddington Basin.|
|Lou and Sharon wave good bye!|
|Andante waving hello to us from across Paddington Basin. They were watching the Rolling Bridge.|