Saturday 19th December 2020
Crafted Boats, Stoke Works to Droitwich Spa Marina
3.5 miles, 9 locks
The last time I posted our boat was in Crafted Boat's dry dock at the top of Tardebigge. Today we collected her from their main base at Stoke Works. She 'magically' made her way down the 36 locks without us! When the work was planned we were supposed to be on holiday when she was due to do that trip. The holiday had been cancelled, but due to trying not to mix, use a taxi to get us from one place to another etc, Crafted Boats agreed they would move her for us.
We started the day with an extended family Christmas Teams meeting with people calling in from New Zealand, Isle of Wight, Surrey, Bromsgrove (2 families), Derby and Wales. I left Chris to move the boat to the top of Astwood whilst Monty and I went by car to lock 18. By the time we got to the top lock Chris had sailed into the lock and was about to shut the top gate - a boat had exited the lock just as he arrived! Did that bode well for the trip? As you will see - it did.
So all it remains for me to do is to wish you all a Happy Christmas, albeit a very quiet one. Our brother in law was going to come to us, but he is now in tier 4, so he will be staying at home. Our son, daughter in law and their three children have all had / have covid. The eldest child was tested on Tuesday and got her positive result yesterday, so it will be a quiet Christmas for them. They have been pretty much confined to the house since the end of October. Our son is still suffering a few odd symptoms, but the others seem to have escaped unscathed. We may take a walk with our daughter, son in law and their two boys - we shall see. Chris is vulnerable and we have been very careful since this all began - it would be foolish to throw caution to the wind when we hope the end is in sight.
Here's hoping that 2021 is a better year for the entire world. Roll on the vaccine.