I've always said that September is a good month for cruising - much more reliable weather wise than the earlier summer months. The weathermen were over pessimistic to start with this week. Here we are at Ventnor on Saturday night when it was supposed to be raining.
And so now we are enjoying a lovely sunny week tootling down to Leamington and back. It's been so long since we last came down here that I'd forgotten what most of it looked like, and it's a pleasant surprise. Mind you, with all those big locks it needs to be. Sunday got us from Ventnor down the ten locks to Long Itchington with a quick stop for a swift half (OK, pint) of shandy to cool us down at the Blue Lias
Monday was fun, still sunny and travelling along side by side with a merry crew on Andrew one of Calcutt's boats they hire out to ex Navy people. At the Bascote staircase locks we performed the famous double shuffle with boats top and bottom changing places mid lock. The crew coming uphill were a bit reluctant at first until I persuaded them that I'd done it dozens of times (actually it's only twice and many many years ago). Everybody was slightly amazed that it worked. Here we are safely tucked up in the bottom half having completed the sliding puzzle trick.