Tuesday 4 February

We’ve been away for six nights and have really enjoyed seeing all the family.

Laura picked us up on Wednesday and we borrowed her car to drive home on Thursday to see James and Ali receive their PGCE certificates on Friday.


We returned to Laura’s on Sunday and enjoyed spending time with her and Summer who is growing up far too quickly at five months old.


Max enjoyed meeting up with Poppy for two early morning walks on the Westwood.  Their friendship is as strong as ever.  I was amazed to see and hear skylarks there so early in the year.


We returned to the boat at lunchtime today and we moved off from the Barton Boat Lift this afternoon and headed south and made it as far as Bramble Cuttings just before six o’clock, which is a former puddle clay pit for lining the canal but the only sign of industrial workings now are two parallel rails that stop at the edge of the canal.