Sorry we have been a bit quiet over the last few weeks but to be fair, not much has happened..
Yes, we have had strong winds and yes we have had heavy rain, sleet and even snow showers, but we have just hankered down. The most exciting thing was we turned round in a very 'tight for us', winding hole. Our water had gone three weeks and we were on the last dregs and just had to move.. It has been very quiet on the cut with not much traffic at all really, which is very encouraging and I'm sure pleasing for those people gagging to take their boats out..
We had heard nothing from our GP about the vaccines and were still sitting tight, but needs must and we had to go.
We set off at 8.30am and the weather was still gloomy and windy but again it felt good to be moving.
the rudder was dragging in the silt and the prop was kicking up leaves as we pushed through the soup like water.
It didn't help that Derwent6 was very light on the front and the back was dragging deep under the water line.. The sun was trying to get through the thick cloud as we dipped under the bridges, and the farmer was out feeding the lambs..
We noticed a lot of tree trimming had been done and the wood had been left for boaters, a nice touch!
We stopped just before Brownsover and Al did a big shop armed with her mask and sanitizer.
Del went back and picked up some of the wood he had spotted opposite and loaded up the roof.. On Al's return we unloaded the shopping trolley, which we can get right up to the side doors on Derwent6, and a text came through on Al's phone. It was the doctors saying Del could book his vaccine and they had slots for this afternoon, bring it on!! We pulled over to the water point and filled our very empty tank (as we had also done a couple of washing loads on the way) and then our second bit of luck was the boat in front of the water point moved off giving us a space, Happy Days!
Del had booked in at 4.10pm and Al came along as well and waited outside. From our mooring it was about a 15 minute walk. We left at 3.45pm and when we arrived there was only a coupe of people in the queue in front of us. Del's name was on the list and while there he asked if there was any chance his wife could be vaccinated at the same time as we didn't have a car to get to a hub. They asked the supervisor on that afternoon and he said they had enough vaccines to do Al as well. We were both vaccinated by 4.15pm with a big smile on our faces, its amazing how much it boosts your confidence.
So mission accomplished, and we now have to wait till we can move freely. We have some decisions to make!!