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Weekend Without Us: Denise’s Blog

Posted by indigodream on 28 June, 2009

Sue here, handing over the blogging reins to my cousin Denise who borrowed the boat last weekend. She left me an immaculately handwritten log which I’ll transcribe here, starting from last Friday evening…..

Friday 19th June 2009

Sadly, Sue left us at 4.45pm to catch her train home. We decided to take a leisurely stroll down to Stratford-Upon Avon. Some 6 miles later we arrived, and promptly decided that a train would be necessary to return to the Indigo Dream! We had a traditional ‘chippy’ supper and caught the 20.27 train back to Wilmcote. We attempted to set up the TV and digibox but sadly no signal! We then had a drink – hot chocolate for Christina and Rhodri, Becks for Wyn and a small glass of wine for me. Retired to bed around 10pm.

Saturday 20th June

We woke to an unwanted alarm at 8.15pm (on Rhodri’s phone/watch). Had heavy rain overnight. Christine mastered the shower. Had breakfast and caught the 9.35 train to Stratford (just!). Were there in 5 minutes. Proceeded to visit as many shops as possible! Visited the William Shakespeare exhibition and his birthplace. Continued to do some more shopping. Caught the 16.35 train to Wilmcote. I made pasta, sauce, bacon and bread for tea, followed by some lovely cake purchased in Stratford earlier.

Wyn and Rhodri went for a walk into Wilmcote ‘city’ centre whilst Christina and I relaxed on board. They discovered Wilmcote Social Club and had a couple of games of pool. They returned by 20.00 to turn off the engine. We all proceeded to the Social Club where I firstly beat Rhodri at pool, and then I beat Wyn – girls are better then boys! We called at one of the pubs for a drink and to see if this looks good for Sunday lunch tomorrow – it did look good. Returned to the boat and all retired to bed at 23.10 hours.

Sunday 21st June

We had a lazy Sunday morning and we all struggled to get going today. Never mind, it means that the engine had a good 2-hour run this morning.

We set off to Anne Hathaway’s cottage this morning. Very pretty and the gardens were in full bloom so we probably saw them at their best. As it was Father’s Day, we proceeded back into Stratford to find somewhere for Sunday lunch – this was easier said than done and ended up in the Weatherspoon’s. It was very enjoyable nonetheless.

We then returned to Wilmcote and visited Mary Arden’s farm. Again, lovely gardens and an amazing old farmhouse with badly sloping upstairs rooms – how this building is still standing is beyond me!

We returned to Indigo Dream at 17.00hrs and we all relaxed. We had showers and played cards. At 19.15hrs we then returned to the Social club – and it was quiz night – I mean who seriously knows what the name of the other pub in Emmerdale is called (not the Woolpack)? I can’t remember the answer today. Anyway, we won’t be asked to help the Eggheads anytime soon. We scored 64/160 which is 43%. We did do very well on the music round scoring 16/20, and on the international airport codes round 12/20! We did win maltesers (4 bags) as we were “the clear losers”. We also won some chocolates in the raffle.

We returned to Indigo Dream at 23.00 and promptly retired to bed.

Monday 22nd June

Awoke early in order to pack up and head on to Broadway – a beautiful Cotswold town about 20 miles away – well worth a visit.

Boat engine run this am for about one and a half hours – all necessary checks and locks done.

Thank, Indigo Dream, for a lovely stay xx

One Response to “Weekend Without Us: Denise’s Blog”

  1. Sian said

    Yes agree girls are better than boys 🙂
    Looking forward to sharing the maltesers.

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