6 miles, 2 locks
The sky did not lie last night - we woke to a warm and sunny morning and the best news - Boatwif was better. We were off relatively early on our journey to Ferry Meadows. Luck was on our side when we got to the first lock at Water Newton – a cruiser was coming out of the lock as we arrived.
How to cool a hot dog – break out the cool coat. Sadly he has not grown since last year, so it is still a bit big, but seems to do the trick.
Onto our second and last lock of the day, Alwalton lock, where there are a couple of moorings if required.
Duke of Edinburgh we assumed – we saw a couple of groups of lads fully laden. I hope they have better luck with the Nene Way signs than we did!
N o boats for most of the journey and just as Cleddau came to a blind corner a boat comes round the bend. Advice was given that Ferry Meadows was full and also an inquiry as to Boatwif’s state of health today. The same advice re Ferry Meadows was passed to us along with the advice to go to the Peterborough Sailing Club where the bar opened at 12:30. We have to assume that the boat owner is a blog reader, so if you see this, please leave a comment and say hello. Thank you also for the advice, but I am afraid we decided to check Ferry Meadows out for ourselves – just in case.
Cleddau makes the turn.
The advice was correct – it was full
That looks good if we can get in
Monty was not keen on the metal grid pontoons, but coped admirably
After lunch a lot of boats left and we were able to move across
To find that one of the occupants our new neighbours' boat was in trouble with his knee, so much so that this was sent for
Chris, Monty and I went off in search of a paper shop. This was spotted on the way out of the Country Park
The nearest shops seem to be in Cherry Orton – a good 35 mins or so each way. Cherry Orton is another chocolate box town - well in parts!
And even when the Pembroke Boatwif and Captain were not with us we still had a ‘Pembroke Moment’.
Once back and the papers off loaded we set off for a better walk for Monty. This is a lovely spot and it was good to see it so well used – there were people everywhere
It meant walks on the lead for Monty until we found a patch of fairly empty grass to have a play with his new toy – a Frisbee from the gift shop. I wonder how long it will last?
Was this a BBQ or a camp fire – smoky food for dinner either way.
There is no shortage of picnic tables – it really is an idyllic spot.
On the way back to the boat Monty had his first ice cream! I had asked if she would do me a very small one for a small person and I am delighted to say she obliged and did not charge me the earth. Monty really enjoyed it with a few breaks to heat his tongue up.
By the time we got back another boat had joined us – a pretty good place to moor I am sure you will agree.