St Ives at Easter

A very relaxing trip over the Easter break to Hartford Marina (on the outskirts of Huntingdon) and back.

We set off after lunch from Ely, stopping for the first night at Aldreth on the Old West River. On day 2 we had a long stop at the Dolphin moorings in St Ives, while I polished the port side paintwork and Hugh cycled up and down the guided busway a few times. After lunch we did one more lock to moor up on the island at Houghton.

On day 3 we went up to Hartford to empty the Elsan and buy a couple of extra mooring pins. Then back down to Noble’s Field in St Ives – first time I had moored there – sharing a lock with the friendly EA patrol boat (Andy H on board). A short trip after  lunch (and about three hours engine time all day!) to moor at Holywell, where I polished the starboard side of the boat. Hugh did some more cycling and got rather lost, so only reappeared at 2115, by which time Jane and I had had supper in the pub.

On Easter Day Jane and I went to a rather magical open air service at the church at 0630, and then a good cruise back to Aldreth for roast lamb and all the trimmings. On the way we rescued a broken down boat at Brownshill staunch.

We stopped for our last night at Little Thetford, which I finally got around to exploring. Brief run back to Ely on Monday morning, and then packed up and drove home.

Shoals near Twenty Pence bridge on the Old West – well marked

Lots of traffic at Hermitage lock – the short “tidal” section of the river

St Ives Lock

Polishing the paint – Dolphin moorings, St Ives.
I am keeping to my resolution to do this once a year.

Looking back at the two churches in St Ives

Hemingford lock – my favourite on the Ouse

Approaching Hartford Marina – a brief Elsan stop

St Ives Church

Quite a lot of water coming over the weir at St Ives

Moored at Holywell – more polishing to be done and some more work on the flowers. Then to the pub for dinner.

Easter morning

Polishing the engine room bilges

Swavesey church, I think

Rescuing a broken down boat.
Walkie-talkies deployed, somewhat unnecessarily

Earith Sluice, feeding the Old Bedford. At the other end something rather exciting happened recently – details here. And also on the Horseway, the other side of Welches Dam Lock.

Heron or Crane?

Roast Lamb

Dovecote, Little Thetford

Back on our moorings in Ely: paint still looking good.

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