Thursday 21 May

The sun woke us early and it was so hot I could smell ‘paint’ from our recently painted gunnels. Sitting up in bed, leaning against the side was as good as resting against a radiator.

After breakfast we moved two miles further along the canal to Shepherd’s Patch, the closest mooring for the Slimbridge Nature Reserve.

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Splatt Bridge

At nearly every swing bridge along the canal, there are Regency bridge-keeper’s cottages.

At Shepherd’s Patch there were people lingering near the bridge and just after we’d moored up the fourth, and most impressive, tall ship came past. Apparently, this is the last ship heading for Gloucester and I hope the many narrowboats gathered in Gloucester who have navigated the River Severn from Stourport and Worcester are not expecting more.

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The long and the tall …

In the sunshine today, this beautiful Horse Chestnut blossom caught my eye.

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