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Monday, 20 August 2012

The end and the beginning

We are back to our home mooring. My goodness it was overgrown, but beautifully green. Here is my bench almost swallowed by nettles:

overgrown home mooring

Bonny was very happy to be back in familiar surroundings and has spent the last few days happily exploring the undergrowth without showing any inclination to wander off! Here she is in meditative mood:

meditative dog

Oh and just because I love the photo, here is a friend I met at Great Haywood:

highland cow

So, our great adventure is over and we are back safe and sound. Thinking about all the things that could have gone wrong mechanically, physically and emotionally, I am very grateful to have done it all with only a bruised leg to show for the risks I took.

It is good to be back. Friends on the mooring have been lovely, (with the exception of one grumpy bloke who seems utterly un-delighted that I have returned safe and sound!) It has been great having my car to do shopping and the massive load of laundry I had piled up in my bath! I am a little sad that the great adventure is over, but as the title of this post suggests, it is the end of one adventure and the beginning of the next, as my future at this point is totally unknown!

The immediate future is more certain as tomorrow I take to the water again, but only as far as Barton Marina to finally get my water leak fixed. Then on 1st September I’m off to Devon to stay in a real house for two weeks! Oh the bliss of just flushing and forgetting, of turning a light on without worrying how much power I am using and perhaps even having a bath without having to replace the water! Deep joy – for a change, but only as a holiday; I wouldn’t swap water borne living for anything.


Lynda Alsford said...

Glad you are back safe and sound! Enjoy the land holiday!

I love the cow photo!

NeilR said...
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NeilR said...

Hi Mandy. Stumbled across your blog and just wanted to say its a fantastic read, have really enjoyed reading all about your adventures. We are currently renovating a boat (on the Shroppie) and hoping to be moving on in the autumn. Reading your blog has only made me more impatient to get work finished and get on board! :-) Neil

Marian and Roger said...

We agree with NeilR - your blog is a really good read, especially the postings during your cruise! Enjoy your land-based holiday and good luck when you get back on Don't Panic. Please keep blogging. R&M.