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July 3rd

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 were expecting to wake up to the sound of rain pounding on the roof this morning but all was silent, well apart from the birds singing that is.  I got out of bed and peeped through the curtains, it was a bit cloudy but certainly no rain.   We had breakfast and then finally said goodbye to Little Thetford and set off.  It was actually quite pleasant really, a lot cooler than it has been of late but I still put sun lotion on because I have to say I have been �cloud burned� in the past!   At one point we noticed a slightly blacker cloud heading our way and we had an extremely short-lived shower.  I was steering at the time (yes I am practicing!) so Clive got the brolly out, but it was hardly worth putting it up, it only lasted about three minutes!    We continued cruising along and then I spotted a boat up ahead coming towards us � there was something familiar about it.  Then I realised as it got a bit closer that it was Rosie Piper!  We had been wondering where Irene and John had got to.  They recognised us too and we all waved, then they shouted across �we�ll spin round then tie up against you and have a chat� and that is exactly what they did.  We tied both boats together and were just drifting along on the river, having a chat. They were telling us where they had been and what they had been doing and we did the same.  A cruiser came up towards us and then shouted across to see if we were OK, we assured him we were and thanked him for asking.  Well it must have looked odd to see two narrowboats tied together in the middle of the river going nowhere!  Finally we said our last goodbyes and Irene and John promised to check out our website when they get back to their home in South Wales, so hopefully we will hear from them in a few weeks time.  It would be lovely to meet up with them again sometime, well you never know, there�s always next year!   We soon arrived at Bottisham Lock and I handed the tiller back to Clive � well fair do�s I�m still practicing steering, pulling into the bank or into a lock is a little more complicated and I�m not quite ready for that yet!  So I hopped off the boat to go and set the lock but wasn�t really sure what I needed, so I took both windlasses and my keys!  It turned out to be all electric so I had to get myself all psyched up to press buttons � very strenuous � not sure if I�m fit enough for this!!  I soon had the lock empty and the gates open and Clive cruised into the lock closely followed by another boat which had come up behind us.  Once through the lock I went indoors to make some sandwiches and a cuppa for lunch and I had only just finished when we arrived at the next lock!  However, as I had done all the work at the previous lock the lady on board the other boat did the honours at Baits Bite Lock so I stayed on board.   Once through this lock we were in familiar surroundings and a short while later we cruised past The Bridge at Waterbeach.  We have been to this pub a few times since we moved to Cambridge � it�s a nice place and we used to like to sit outside and watch the boats going past, today it was the other way around.  Then we cruised past another familiar pub, The Plough at Fen Ditton, again a place we have been known to frequent over the years.  Then under the A14 bridge - unbelievable, I used to travel on that dratted road every day when I travelled to work a few years ago, so did Clive. Then saw afa miliar sight coming towards us � the Riverboat Georgina!  We have been on this trip boat on a couple of Folkie occasions and those was the only other times we have ever cruised on the Cam before.  Soon after that we were actually cruising past Stourbridge Common and then we were passing under Queen Elizabeth Way Bridge � then in no time at all we were at Jesus Lock and there was a mooring available � yippee!  All this is quite surreal � we have lived in Cambridge for 17 years and know all these places very well indeed � it seems extremely weird to be sitting on board Lady Arwen looking out at all the familiar sights.  I feel really excited � I know its silly, but I do!    As we are here and as it is Friday night we have decided to catch the train to Whittlesford tonight and go to the Red Lion Folk Club.  We haven�t been since January!  It is very handy by train as the station is literally right next to the Red Lion!  Mind you Cambridge station is quite a long way from where we are moored so we have booked a taxi to get us there and all being well our good friends Jim and Jean are going to give us a lift home later.  We are really looking forward to seeing all our folkie friends again.   Our daughter Vicki might even pop in to see us on her way home from work this evening � her office is only a short distance away, however even if she doesn�t we have arranged to meet up tomorrow and hopefully will get to see Gareth too.    It will be nice to be �home� again for a little while.

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