A colder day but not rain as I write this post. This morning we moved off the mooring and winded (turned) to get onto the services. Actually we were about to move when another boat arrived and went directly onto the facilities moorings. It would appear they weren’t aware the basin is managed by CV Marine and had assumed they were CRT facilities. This isn’t the type of recreational activity to adopt if you’re in a hurry and we were content to wait. Eventually Paul did our pump out and a good rinse for £10 which was excellent value for money. We then spent ¾ hour waiting for the two water tanks to fill. Once that was completed we moved back onto the mooring and reconnected to the shore power. Whilst all that was going on Jan started a steamed pudding in the slow cooker and cooked some piklets <yum>.
After lunch Daniel and made a trip to Tesco via the nearby Tyler-Wilson Boatyard. This is where Waiouru started her life and I’ve always wanted to return here to thank Tim and Jonathon for their assistance when we had our problem with Ben Harp. I had previously met Tim Tyler back in 2011 when he assisted us with the recovery. I’d only spoken to Jonathon on the phone. Suffice to say we walked through the main gates to see two people standing by a forklift. I recognised one of them as accompanying Tim at the Crick Boat Show in 2012. I introduced myself and asked if Jonathon was available on to be informed I was speaking to him <oops!>. He informed me Tim was also at the yard and working on one of their new builds. So I managed to meet and thank both of them.
The route to Tesco took us via the riverside walk and you can see in the next photo how they managed to extend the walkway by suspending it through the bridge arch.
As we reached Tesco I realised I’d been here before. In 2009 I had been looking to buy a Garmin Oregon 500 gps and the cheapest seller was in Sheffield. We planned our holiday route to include Sheffield and I remember purchasing the gps from a car dealership with Pentagon on the wall. It seemed strange to find a car dealer selling hand held gps units. On that occasion our visit to Sheffield must have lasted all of 40 minutes. Now we’ve returned and stayed a week.