Wednesday, November 09, 2011
We left Ironbridge early this morning after a very peaceful night. We like this part of the Grand Union as it passes the Grove Park and Grove Mill. It is lovely in between the colourful trees and at one point it felt like it was raining leaves, beautiful. Check out the roof before we set off and then after we had been through this section. We pushed on to Hutton Bridge at Abbotts Langley, where we met up with another couple on n.b. Utopian. We were both grateful for the help and we found out they were also trying to get as far as we were.This made life a lot easier through Kings Langley and then through Hemel Hempstead and the part of the canal you feel you don't want to stop at. We were both cleaning the prop with leaves and debris left in the canal. At one point Derwert6 rose out of the water, but whatever it was got squashed. The good thing is that it has just been so quiet and we have had it all to ourselves.It got to three o clock and it started to rain, so it was also making it a lot darker, but with two boats we had made good progress, and a beer was in order.We meet up with Mark and Sian of n.b. Utopian in The Three Horseshoes, an old fifteen century pub. It turned out we had so much in common with each other. Mark played the bass guitar for a Queen tribute band called Forever Queen, so we had the same tastes in music. He also did paragliding and Del flies model gliders and they also loved a good beer, just like us both. We invited them back to Derwent6 for coffee where the guitar came out and loads of Queen was played. We all had a great night and hope to meet up again in the future.