Having spent many weeks clearing the house out, ready for our swap, it was good excuse to clear the wardrobes out, and clean cupboards and shelves, Nicky was brilliant, she cleaned parts that had not been cleaned for a long time. Geoff did a lot of DIY, then we were finally ready to leave.
We left just after breakfast, and travelled to Santander, we had found an old Manor House to stay in, it was a bit tired but in its day it would have been very special, after a comfortable night we walked along the beach and looked at the marina before travelling onto Bilbao. Our boat to UK was the Brittany Economic, so we were surprised when we boarded that our room was very palatial, with tv, and coffee making facilities, table and comfortable chairs, very nice, almost making the cost worth while!
The trip was uneventful, and we quickly headed for Bradford on Avon, where Dave was waiting for us, we unpacked the car, made the bed, and then had a lovely meal in the pub next door, Geoff enjoyed a couple of beers.
Geoff left early and travelled to Essex to leave the car, whilst Dave and I took Foggy out of the Marina, ready for the off, when Geoff got back, but guess what it is raining. We need to try a couple of locks to make sure we are ok with them. We travelled east towards Semington bridge, where we moored for our first night. Having been through several locks and swing bridges, I now feel more confident that we have cracked it. We also managed a good night sleep in the bed, which we didn’t expect, due to the size.