On the 27th we stumbled in blinding rain into Willington. We tied up there for 2 nights - right outside The Dragon pub.
On the second day (people who work say this was a bank holiday) the Captain, with the help of family, and a 2 hour plus bus journey, fetched the car down from Furness Vale.
His reward was a splendid meal in the popular Dragon. We left the boat at 7.44 for our 7.45 table and we were on time. This is an award winning establishment and was full to the rafters with good reason.
On the following day (not a bank holiday) Mercia Marina offices reopened. We left The Dragon with shopping from the well stocked Co op and cruised into Mercia in full sunshine.
This feels like being in a small town of boats or camping at Glastonbury. When all you can see is water and various craft, it is weird. Anyway there are over 600 boats including a number of wide beams and dutch barges. We like it and it's in complete contrast to the sleepy hillside marina that is Furness Vale.
In less than 24 hours we have been visited by family, Chrissie and Chris, then today Leigh, Ali and Lucy. We are much nearer to our nearest and dearest for this reason will probably give up Furness Vale and stay around here.
One thing is for certain. We don't stand a chance in the best decorated boat competition. We are moored on one of the many piers with not one but two Eiffel Towers.