We are nearly half way through our winter break already. How time flies! With Christmas and New Year behind us we continue to keep ourselves apart from others and have been able to fit in a few morning walks on some of the bright chilly days. We usually get quite nice weather over in Lincolnshire at this time of the year and always enjoy the sunshine.
We have also had rain and very cold days, like most of the country, but have been lucky with very little snow to speak of. Shrubs and trees in the Garden are showing buds and growth, all awaiting Springtime – like us!
Last year at this time we were training for the Camino de Santiago Walk which we did not get the chance to do due to Covid. At present the Camino is closed to all walkers but we are hoping that at some point we will be able to do the walk. We keep our fingers crossed on this one.
We are waiting at home for the lockdown to end so that we can go back to the marina and check on the boat. The marina staff are very good, keeping watch to make sure that there is nothing to cause a problem but it is always nice to go and have a look ourselves. We always have a list of jobs that we like to do before the start of the season which hopefully will be able to do before the 2021 season begins. We are keeping everything crossed that we can start as planned at the end of April. We had put a few extra cruises on before then but I think it will be relevant to take the early ones off the schedule.
Some good news is that the vaccine is being rolled out and that we can all have the vaccination soon. We can then get back to some form of normality and enjoy the lovely English countryside and all it has to offer.
Over the winter period the Agencies (Canal & River Trust and Environment Agency) have been busy working on the waterways to help keep everything working and in a good condition. Some locks have had new gates installed or repaired, bridges will be maintained, pumps serviced and dredging work will have been done. Let’s hope that this year we have less hold ups than we had for our shortened season in 2020, when there were problems on the Grand Union Canal and The River Thames which held us up more than once. Not good when you have a schedule to keep!
And we hope the beautiful weather that we are always promised shines down upon us all – and it only rains at night!