The plan was originally to cruise up to Llangollen for a couple of months, this changed to travelling down to Oxford, taking in the Fairport convention festival at Cropredy where Alice Cooper ,10cc and The levellers were playing. Due to the increasingly hot weather I got increasingly more and more breathless, and, more and more panicky about being out in the sticks away from medical help. What also concerned me was that I would possibly end up in a Hostpital way from the canal leaving Lilian out on a limb with the boat ,( which at 60' would be too much of a hand full for her on her own.) So we decided to turn round and work our way back, holing up under any shade we can find in the heat of the day, and moving only in the cool of early morning. we moored up near a road bridge just on the outskirts of Rugby because our elder dog Toby has pulled a dew claw and we found a vet nearby to treat him. Have moored the front of the boat next to a ruddy wasp's nest, so while Lilian took the dog I decided to pull the boat back about 15', NOT one of my better ideas, got the front mooring line untied(next to the nest) went to unfasten the stern line got out of breath halfway and had to shout to a man on the boat in front to ask if he could help. we eventually got the boat moored on the centre line and as I was attempting to tie the stern line I got stung on the top of my arm. Lilian back on board now with a somewhat happier dog and £60 lighter. gonna stop making plans in the future. Hope you are all ok, wanging it down with rain now, bye for now.
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