It was a glorious week for us in many ways while we were moored in Bristol. The weather was incredible and it was great to catch up with family and friends old and new and to just enjoy the atmosphere of the docks area. I was well chuffed to get this shot of a balloon on our first evening wandering around the harbour.
On our first day Gord’s sister Heth turned up along with newphew Carey and we enjoyed a stroll around in the sunshine. I’d arranged to take photographs of nb Mary H as she came up the Avon, under the suspension bridge and into the lock and Heth showed me just the spot.
We got together with niece Kerra and her daughter Rebecca at The Pumphouse. Not somewhere I’d recommend – they got a simple drinks order wrong, looked at us as if it was our fault and then proceeded to miss out Heather’s order altogether, only letting us know that it was out of stock and offering an alternative when we enquired about it.
Still, it was pleasant to catch up with Kerra and meet the delightful Rebecca again.
At the weekend my daughter Ellie arrived and we had a wonderful, if slightly too alcoholic time eating and pub crawling our way around the middle of Bristol.
Next morning we had to get up early and go out with the camera!
We hadn’t met Richard, Linda and their dog Muffin from nb Mary H before but in true narrowboating fashion we were soon sharing drinks and nibbles on the pontoon. We were joined, somewhat irritatingly, by this drunken ‘boy scout’ who looked like a relic from a Carry On movie. He was amusing for at least the first 10 seconds then just wouldn’t take the hint and bugger off. One of the perils of drinking outdoors I guess.
On Sunday afternoon Heth drove us to The Miner’s Rest in Long Ashton for a drink with Toby, Carey and Nick. I was only on lime and soda by this point, feeling a little ragged from earlier alcoholic efforts!
I didn’t get any photos of Chris and Roger when they visited for dinner on Sunday evening but it was great to catch up and hear all the house hunting news.
On top of all this I also managed to find time to finish a glass commission for the First Severn Beach Scouts. It’s going into their Scout Hut.
I know in canal terms it’s expensive to stay in Bristol Harbour – £139 a week – but we REALLY enjoyed ourselves. To wake up every morning with a view like this was incredible and well worth the money!