It has been a week of booking places so far this week.
Yesterday I was busy booking lock passages for the weekend. Firstly with Torksey for the Saturday afternoon tide onto the Trent and then just as a back up to this I booked us in at West Stockwith Lock as well for Saturday afternoon. The basin at West Stockwith is only small so they like to know who is coming and when so that they can plan where they will be mooring. We know that our little spot is still free on the wall over by the slipway so we plan to moor there for a couple of nights.
The next bit of booking was for August bank holiday weekend. Some way off yet, but we intend to head across the Wash to Kings Lynn for a couple of evenings and as the pontoon here gets booked up very quickly we thought we should book it and pay ASAP to avoid disappointment. The tide times work really well for this long weekend jaunt, with a Saturday lunch time tide from Boston meaning we will be in Kings Lynn for early afternoon following a steady run down the Witham on Friday evening and Saturday morning. We will then have all day Sunday and most of Monday in Kings Lynn before heading back across the Wash on the Monday evening tide, which then leaves up part of Monday evening and all day Tuesday to get back to Lincoln.
The final bit of booking, well actually less booking and more paying was for the luxury lodge we are hiring for a week in Cornwall towards the end of the year. We had already booked the lodge and are now paying off the balance well in advance of our break in October.
It has the makings of a busy summer. We still have bookings to make for our May trip to Wells next the Sea and also our two week break to the Norfolk Broads and Southwold in July. We just need to weather to buck up it's ideas now!