After winterising Linea (Bavaria 430 Lagoon) and leaving her safely tucked up in the Porto Turistico di Marina di Ragusa, Sicily, for a second safe winter; we set off for Longridge and caught up with June, Ian’s mum, and the rest of his family, which was lovely.
We arrived back in Linton, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a few days later, excited to see Keira freshly returned from a job in France; and already living and working at the Fountaine Inn, Linton. We were soon to see Erin, too, as she was to travel up from London the following week.
We hit the ground running with a spate of socials and sessions.
Soon, like everyone else, we were in full swing for Christmas. Inevitably this involved more trips to the Fountaine Inn, Linton; and eating lots of food.
We did manage to fit in a good few walks when the weather was bright (and sometimes when it wasn’t!) It was just lovely to be back in the Dale and experiencing village life again.
Erin had very little time off from her new job as Assistant Manager of the Miller and Carter Steakhouse in Worcester Park London, so she drove up north after her late shift had finished on Christmas Eve and arrived at 0200hrs in the morning! A flying visit as she had to head back down south on Boxing Day morning.
We had a wonderful day on Christmas day culminating in an evening of hilarity at the Vyvyan’s.
We enjoyed a hearty walk and refreshments with the Heanes, Hodgsons and Plumbs in between Christmas and New Year but I was unable to muster the strength (due to being proper poorly) to join them all for the annual Inn at Whitewell walk from Chipping.
As predicted, time was flying on and we still had so much to do and so many people to see.
I enjoyed going to the gym occasionally in a vague attempt to lose some of the weight I had piled on after a summer on the boat eating far too much feta cheese!
Remember, we would LOVE to welcome you to the boat during the summer if you fancy a bit of camping on water! Please just ask and we will try to coordinate.
Next Time: Keira heads off to Holland!