We are really pottering now as we don't want to get to Castelnaudary till mid July. We passed through Argens - just avoiding a hotel boat, that was overtaking a hire boat on a bend!!
We had hoped to meet up with friends in La Redorte but due to health problems they couldn't make it, but after seeing their cottage Angie has firmed up her idea of a 'winter bolthole' down south. 'Peter - make it happen'! In the interim we checked out the local walks.
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The next greenbank mooring looked enticing, but we ended up grounded/tangled in tree roots etc and a major effort to get off - the prop shaft seal is now weeping - out with the spanners for a temporary fix but something else to go on the maintenance list - woe is me. The countryside is now very colourful with hectares of sunflowers and lavender in full bloom.
Peter is enjoying spotting all the old irrigation pump engines/machinery along the canal bank - it looks fairly vintage even by NZ standards. On the Friday morning we had a hard run into Castelnaudary and to our surprise managing the 15 ecluses before lunchtime closing (despite sharing with a hire boat) we must be getting used to the oval locks.