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Monday, 8 April 2019

Dashing about.

The reason we have come to Sawley is that we have a few commitments over the rest of April. It started with me dashing down to London to move our daughter back to Hull for her new job back in her home town. London is a great place to visit, but I think after a few years I think you know whether you will be staying or not. No.1 daughter has seen the light and come back to our form of sanity.

When we arrived we moored up on the visitor moorings quite easily, despite the breeze blowing down the cut that would be on the beam as we backed onto the short pontoon. The visitor berths are on the cut side rather than in the lagoons of the marina. It is nice to watch the world passing.

We are just between the flood gates and the boat club. Our first  night we decided to wander to the Lock Keepers Rest by the paired Sawley Locks, down past the visitor moorings on the tow path side.

It is in the lock keepers cottage that was sold off to an ex keeper. It was just about derelict when they bought it but they opened a coffee shop whilst they refurbished. The other end of the building was empty so in the end they opened a micropub. It is great. They have their work life balance right as they don't open all the time. The beers are LocAle from nearby breweries. It is what the name says, a micropub so not that much room, but I would really recommend a visit when it is open and you are in the area.

I had driven to Aston Marina to pick up the car, and then to London. I night in London to load the car and to clean the old flat and then back up to Hull. The next day back down to Sawley to get Helen and Macy. Tonight we walked up to the White Lion which is the home of Old Sawley Brewery Co. It is about 15mins walk from the marina so if the Lock Keepers is shut then definitely head up to the White Lion.

One of the things I am going home for is to help at the Hull Beer Festival that is held in the Hull Minster. I great venue with about 180 beers to try. It has been good to get my eye in. Having looked at our schedule for our home visit, I am already looking forward to getting back to the boat for a rest!!!


Marilyn, nb Waka Huia said...

Hi Tony and Helen,

We do enjoy the Loack Keeper's Rest but haven't tried the White Lion yet. I do know you can get the bus between there and the marina, because we have a couple of times caught it to Long Eaton. In fact I think one day last year, Julia and I caught the bus to Nottingham for a thai lunch - yummy!

How surprising that you are going back to Hull to help with a beer festival ...


Marilyn, nb Waka Huia said...

And I think, in the interests of always alliterating, that this post should have been called
Legging it to London, or
Blogging about Boozers, or
Hopping it to Hull

Honestly, Tony, put that brain to work again, mate!


NB Holderness said...

Hi Both, are you going to be able to find time this year to grace the Motherland with tour presence it it's hour of need this year? I'm keeping the alliterations for journeys rather than stop overs. I don't want to shoot my bolt. And as the blog is all off the cuff, and I hardly ever proof read it (as you may well notice) it is not easy thinking them up on the spur of the moment.

We are hoping to be at Debdale about mid May. When are you getting here?

Tony and Helen.

Marilyn, nb Waka Huia said...

Hi there,

We will be moored up in Mkt Harborough from 3 - 10 May, and then proceeding with all haste to get past nasty Crick and all the boat show boats in the following week or so.

So I expect we will be above Foxton Locks on 10 May as we will be heading out that morning.

Will you be close by then? It would be wonderful to ctach up.