Sunday 26 April

We treated ourselves to a lie in today after a week of fun, hectic socialising, and the 84 locks since Monday, and then tucked into a cooked breakfast while listening to the Archers’ omnibus.

We’ve decided to stay in Tibberton for a couple more days before taking the boat down into Worcester, and this gave me an opportunity to tidy up.

As this morning’s weather was dry and not too hot, I took the opportunity to clean out the foredeck, first removing the collapsible bikes and rubber mats, before giving it a good sweep out and a wash.

Tasting Pip’s delicious home-made bread yesterday, encouraged me to have a go at making a loaf today. I think it has met with approval as it is quickly disappearing!


This afternoon we took Max for a towpath walk back to Dunhamstead Wharf. It was so peaceful as Railtrack were carrying out track repairs to the adjacent Bristol to Birmingham railway line which meant that there were no fast passenger trains thundering by.

We took a slight detour to visit Oddingley church which our guide book said was worth a visit and whilst there this little bird was perched high up in a tree singing its little heart out – I think it’s a Chiffchaff. Also we spotted these pretty Common Dog Violets under the hedge.

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We had Toad in the Hole for tea tonight and the Yorkshire’s rose better than ever!



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