1. (l-r) Ginny and Brenda.
2. a pretty common carp.
3. Hawthorn in all its glory.
4. This is a photo Martin took of 'The Boat', crewed by Stuart, Fran and Jeb, who they met before Martin and I met at Pitstone. (l-r) Stuart, Fran and Brenda.
5. Martin (third from the left) at a farewell do he attended last week (or is it red-nose day).
After a memorable Bank Holiday 'week', on Tuesday we made our way south from Pitstone to Marsworth then turned west onto the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal and locked down to Wilstone. We are now moored in a peaceful spot just above 'Puttenham Top' lock.
The sun shone for the week we were at Pitstone with just the chill of an easterly wind dulling its warmth towards late afternoon.
With coincidence being somewhat the order of the day recently, I 'spookily' bumped into Martin Austin (again), an old friend from my RAF days and we arranged a few lazy afternoons, with roast lunch on the boat, mulling over past times. He also introduced us to Brenda who became a good friend during the time we were there, and another friend of his, Debby, who hankered after life on a narrowboat.
On the day we had lunch an angler happened to saunter down to the canal and fished across from us. Well there is definitely something in this 'six degrees of separation' as he (Fred Perry) had also been in the RAF and knew a mutual friend of ours, Dave Hind. It must be 'wilvir's' magnetic attraction.
Brenda, who only lived a shotgun blast from the canal, kindly made scones for an afternoon cream-tea (delicious -fortunately Mostin was at work) and visited us on two other occasions with flowers, eggs and a bottle of apple and raspberry juice; all from her own hens and garden produce. Thanks Brenda.
I walked Wilstone Reservoir after we arrived here on Tuesday, which is the feeder for topping up the Grand Union Canal via the Wendover arm and borders the Waddesdon Estate (owned by the Rothschilds). We visited Waddesdon Manor a number of years ago when we were members of the National Trust and it is well worth a visit. Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waddesdon_Manor
for more information.