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Feb 25th

Normal 0 false false false st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} We didn�t get very far yesterday I am afraid!  After Sam had given our Webasto a clean bill of health we set off up the Leicester arm and cruised up to Debdale Wharf but Clive started feeling unwell on the way.  We managed to get the pump-out done, turned round and headed back down to Foxton with the intention of stopping to fill up the water tank then head up the flight, however best laid plans etc!  We pulled up to a water point just before the bridge at Foxton and Clive left me to deal with filling her up as he suddenly felt very unwell!  It turned out he had either eaten something suspect or picked up a tummy bug, but it certainly laid him low and he ended up in bed for the rest of the day!  The water point we had stopped at wasn�t connected so we didn�t get water either!  However that was fortunate as it meant we could just tie up and stay where we were � you are not allowed to moor up at water points except for filling your tank if they are functional.   Clive is feeling a lot better today, if a little delicate.  He has managed to keep some toast down and has been drinking, which is the most important thing.  He felt a little stronger this afternoon and decided to give Lady Arwen a shampoo and set!  So off he went outside with his bucket and sponge and set to.  So the next time you are out there on a Sunday morning washing your car, spare a thought for Clive � 57 feet long; 7 windows and four port-holes and NO  hosepipe!!!  On top of all that, only one side of the boat is accessible from the bank, which meant he had to walk down the gunwhales in order to wash the other side - these are only 6 inches wide!!  Needless to say he was absolutely exhausted when he had finished, but the boat looks much better!  Whilst he was doing that I decided to give the galley a good clean as well, so it all looks spick and span.   Whilst Clive was washing the boat I had noticed some activity across the other side of the canal and on closer look saw a family of Canada Geese and a couple of ducks feeding off the reeds so I took their photos and then threw some bread out for them.  We had a couple of swans knocking on the boat earlier as well so they had to be fed too!   Hopefully Clive will be fully recovered by tomorrow and we can finally bid farewell to Foxton � I do hope so, I�m truly fed-up with this place now, lovely as it is!  Clive suggested today that we don�t head straight to Oxford as planned but take a small detour and go and visit Warwick first, so I think that may be our next destination.  One good reason for going to Warwick is that there is a folk club there every Monday evening!  Apart from the fact that it is a lovely place and it has a castle!    

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