Monday, 27 February 2012

Tackling Torksey

With the weather throwing us a decent weekend we had to make the most of it. All of the jobs we had planned for the weekend went straight out of the window.

We had a laid back Saturday morning, having a little lie in we made ourselves vertical at around 8.30am, getting showered and having a couple of cups of filter coffee whilst listening to the local radio station. Eventually motivated we set about scrubbing Naughty-Cal. The colour of the water sloshing off her suggesting that this wash was long overdue. With the boat gleaming in the sunshine we set off in the general direction of Torksey, Cal seemingly happy to be off the mooring, lazily cruising down the deserted Fossdyke. We had a little pit stop at Saxilby so that we could have a spot of lunch, Mexican Chilli Bean soup and fresh crusty bread. Just the ticket. With our bellies filled we set off once more heading down a stunningly beautiful winter scene, the Lincolnshire countryside displaying all of its winter finery. All too soon we were on the approach to Torksey and choosing our mooring for the evening. With the afternoon to waste away with friends we had the chance to catch up over a few drinks. With the sun setting over the horizon we headed off to the pub for the first Swan Pie of the year. Fantastic as always and with bellies filled to brimming we headed back to the boats to get tucked up in bed.

Sunday dawned bright and early for me anyway. First job of the day was putting the chicken in the slow cooker along with some new potatoes ready for lunch later in the day. After a few cups of filter coffee we set out for a Sunday morning walk, making the most of the sunny yet brisk winter morning. With our appetites worked up we set off in the direction of Saxilby to find some bacon and eggs for brunch. Again the river was still and quiet, not another boat in sight as we swept peacefully through the gently flowing waters. Finally we moored at Saxilby and had a spot of breakfast. Another boat loomed into sight, Devocean was on the prowl, so a trip to the pub was in order of course.The Sun Inn has recently reopened and the staff here are very friendly and open to new suggestions. After a couple of pints we set off for home. By the time we were safely tucked up on our berth, dinner was well on its way to being cooked, so we added the asparagus and baby corn and left it for another hour to simmer away. With a couple of final evening beers, we ate well again before getting ready for the weekly grindstone that is work.

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