The day started off with beautiful sunshine, perfect for us to say farewell to Heyford Fields marina for the next four months as our Grand Tour begins. It felt strange leaving behind work, home and the marina, knowing we won’t be back for so long.
We were joined for the day by the Haighs – Simon, Anne-Marie, Esmee and Joel, and Esmee’s boyfriend Lewis. Combined with all the food we have packed on board, I’m sure Oliver was a few inches lower in the water than usual.
People took turns helming and everyone mucked in for the locks, making the Buckby flight much easier going than it normally is.
We had a wonderful spread for lunch, though it was a bit of a squeeze around the table.
It’s Joel’s birthday tomorrow, so we celebrated a day early with some birthday cake, along with some rhubarb curd, custard and meringues, all home made by Esmee – yum!
After saying farewell to our friends, we settled in for the evening ready for an early night.