Later with sounds of life emerging down below, I made Chris a coffee and some toast for both of us that we enjoyed in the warm sun having rolled up the cratch cover.
We then sat watching the world pass us by until 11am when we moved AmyJo across the cut outside the Moorings pub ready to receive the inspection party that duly arrived 15 minutes later.
The original plan was to lunch first but as it was early we decided to cruise first then eat. Our friends Derek and Vicky had bought Mary up from Essex for us and so with the help of Derek we lifted Mary, seated on her throne, carefully on board successfully using nothing more complex than an Ikea folding chair and it worked a charm.
|Fortunately Mary is slight so my back did not suffer
|Gently does it and a pause for Derek to get a secure footing
|and touch down safe and sound with Mary loving every minute.
|All settled and ready for the off
I had told Derek he would need a coat and offered one of mine but he looked at me incredulously. After the first soaking the coat was on quicker than a jack rabbit down a hole. He loved every minute of the trip through the tunnel and marvelled at the workmanship of the navies, savouring the return trip. Meantime the ladies up front were having a whale of a time as we we at the back. Tea was then served.
|The rear guard clearly enjoying themselves
|Bit of a breather before the return to the cratch.
After lunch it was sadly time for them to depart and for us to put AmyJo back on her mooring. Derek really wanted to help so Chris took Mary and Vicky by car back to the marina whilst Derek and I cruised AmyJo round the short trip to the berth.
|Derek stands lookout as we enter the marina
It was clear all had a great time and Mary loved every minute of her day out. It was so nice for Chris and her mum to have some time together but it must have been very tiring for poor Mary. I bet she slept on the way home!
I just realised that was our last weekend cruise from Crick marina. Next weekend we're in Essex to see my parents then the following weekend we start the big trip home to Tattenhall. Can't wait, but I have to say we'll be sorry to leave Crick. Everyone has made us very welcome and we're so glad we have had the opportunity to stay there and make some great friends. Hopefully we can get back and visit one day.