Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Another kiwi on the cut.

Still moored at Jubilee Gardens Ely, River Great Ouse

After some lengthy discussions over plans for the forthcoming week, both crews agreed that it would be nice to stay an extra day in Ely as it appears that boating visitor's to Cambridge may not be made as welcome due to lack of visitor moorings and they don't allow boats to breast up. If that turns out to be correct we will moor at Waterbeach and Cambridge will miss out on some tourist spending.

So the girl's went off into town for some retail therapy and us fella's stayed aboard doing some indoor maintenance. There is a big sign on the quay stating that repairs or maintenance are not to be carried out on boats while moored here so we had to be discreet about it.

Today's weather has been a bit cooler than the last few days with a cool breeze blowing but it's still plenty of blue sky and sunshine, which is bringing more boats out of the marina opposite for day trips here and there.

We were just about to sit down for a bite to eat when there came a knock on the boat. Upon investigation we found John and Natalie from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand who it turns out are waiting for their boat to be finished. It was supposed to be ready on the 12th but will not now be ready until the 26th, now where have we heard that before. Their boat will be named Nikau and will be launched on the Lancaster canal. Unfortunately they will only be able to use it for 6 months each year as they are on NZ passports which restricts their stay in the UK. Nice to meet more Kiwi's on the cut, have fun guy's until we meet again.

1131 locks, 1514 miles, 41 Tunnels, 41 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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