We didn't like it all...and why would you?
But, we liked a lot!
On Monday we loaded friends Val and Alan on to Yarwood’s tug deck and headed off in the glorious sunshine towards Sharpness about four miles further south.
Val enthroned with Floyd in attendance
No sooner have we arrived but Val has a glass of wine in hand
The view of the R. Severn from the Sharpness, tide out and sand banks revealed
Looking south you can clearly make out the Severn Road bridges in the distance
Joe doing a real man look…pink and a handbag – not his handbag though
Val gripping that glass
And on the return journey, Alan assumes the position
Leaving Sharpness and heading north to Patch
We left Gloucester dock after a two night stay (moorings there are limited to 48hrs) and moved south through Llanthany Road
lift bridge and directly on to the service pontoon which is immediately next to the bridge. All the bridges across the Sharpness and Gloucester canal are ‘manned’ all you do is watch the traffic lights which are red; stay where you are, or flashing red; I am aware of you and getting the bridge ready and green; you are free to go through and give me a wave!
Once serviced the next stop was Sainsbury’s which is just just a little further along the canal with moorings outside..
NB Oakdale, fellow bloggers moored just by Sainsbury’s
Joe hovers Yarwood while we wait for the bridge keeper to swing the bridge open
One of the porticoed bridge keepers houses
Another porticoed bridge keepers abode
A C&RT operative winding closed a swing bridge as Yarwood passes through
This is for Amy and James, another Severner folks
Approaching Patch Bridge, our destination. The bridge is being opened to allow us through
Moored, Shepherds Patch Slimbridge
We were aiming to get to Shepherds Patch as friends Val and Alan were dragging their shed (caravan) across country from Lincolnshire and mooring up in the caravan site that is immediately adjacent to the canal. This was an opportunity to spend a bit of time with them and we aim to linger here for the week while they are holidaying.