Since our last blog which was written whilst moored at Linslade, we spent some time updating some information for the boat and had discussions with Janine who has now become our marketing supremo. We were pleased to see a double page spread in Waterways World magazine, written by Rupert Smedley after we won the Lionel Munk Trophy at the IWA Festival at Watford in the summer. This has created a lot of interest including bookings for next year.
In late October we headed up the Grand Union with our final guest of the year, aiming for our winter mooring at the Wigrams Turn Marina. We had some beautiful sunny days despite it getting a bit chilly, spending a couple of nights at Stoke Bruerne, meeting up with boating pals and avoiding the nasty storm over the weekend. Both Blisworth and Braunston tunnels were uneventful, the Long Buckby flight, probably our favourite flight on the system was a delight with the splendid Willows and autumnal colours.
We paused at Braunston for Gordon to meet Pete at Tradline, who taught him splicing. He now splices any bit of rope that he can get his hands on including my dressing gown cord.
Now at our winter mooring we have had our first real frost of the season. The boat is really cosy with the stove going and when the timer switches the central heating on, we have to turn it off as it is too hot.
On the 15th November we were visited by the Food Standards Agency, who gave us a 5 star rating for food hygiene. Great News.
Last weekend we had a few days away in Chester where we met other Hotel Boat owners as part of the APCO (association of pleasure craft operators) AGM. This was a very interesting get together and we are sure that it will lead to further efforts to promote Hotel boating generally.
Bonnie normally goes for her walks with Dorenda. On one occasion last week when Gordon took her, she walked along the pontoon, looking behind her to see if Dorenda was coming, and walked off the edge. SPLASH, she swam 10 metres to the bank and shook and shivered her way home.