Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Wednesday 8th April to Monday 20th April 2009
On our way to Braunston today - we're hiring a car whilst we're there to meet up with our daughter and daughter-in-law and the 6 grand children, apply for our bus passes from Daventry council and generally be able to get around. We arranged with Jenny (BW warden) on Gongoozeler to stay over on the 48-hour slot so that arranging to meet up with tradespeople etc., would be easier.

Whilst at Braunston we visited the Old Plough Inn a few times -had a lovely warm welcome from Avril. We also visited The Admiral Nelson as we had heard that it had recently reopened under new management and to our surprise found Maureen from the Braunston Manor Hotel was managing it for the brewery! (Maureen also owns the Old Plough)
We met up with friends Marion and Mike Kelly. Marion runs The Old Workshop - a 4-star B&B on the wharf at Braunston Marina, she also writes the Bert and Betty books and the children's section of Canals and Rivers. We used to stay at the B&B whilst Rock'n'Roll was being fitted out and were always made to feel welcome and very much at home. Mike is the managing director of EurEauWeb - a complete mobile electronic guide to the waterways -a great product for all users of the canals and surrounding areas.

The family get together at the Caravan Club, Uttoxeter Racecourse (by hire car) on Saturday 9th ....

... and back to a wonderful sunset at Braunston - what a great day!

On Sunday 12th we took the car to Stratford

The Bard .................

.... the new theatre in the making ...

... his birthplace ....

... and his final resting place!
Monday 13th - the car goes back tomorrow so today we went to visit our daughter-in-law and family in Shropshire. Moved to moor by the puddle banks on the South Oxford for a few days.

Sunday 19th April - another glorious sunset at Braunston Marina entrance.
Monday 20th April we woke up to a mist on the water.
All our business here is finished - we will upsticks in the morning and head back towards Hawkesbury.

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