Arrival in Carcassonne on Halloween was blighted by a mooring mix up, but Stephanié was apologetic and everything settled into the previous winter slots.
|Tricia and Nigel - the neighbours|
|Theee Sagar's in a row - top that|
Kes has only been left on the bank once in three years (accidentally) but he must feel we are trying to discard him because as soon as the engine is started he sprints for his onboard navigation spot - quite funny when it just the monthly engine 'run up' - or perhaps he too is ready to move on already,
|How do we get a sculpted outline like that?|
The Winterer's party was a bit cold and thin on the ground - our only étrangers were Ricardo and Colette from 'Ricoheba'.
The closure of the canal meant that the VNF could extract some of the dying Plane trees - at 20 a time it is going to take xx years to do it all.
|A bit ugly and bleak without trees|
|A shallow ditch|
Kes drags us out for a couple of hours a day and the Cité and the River are a good circular route.
With the imminence of Christmas all the boats are decked with lights and we hosted Winter drinks - Peter attempted his first home made puff pastry, all the mince pies/jam tarts/cheese straws etc were scoffed so it must have been OK (though the vin chaud may have helped).
We had to rescue a stray dog on the point of expiring from the ecluse, then a couple of coypu decided to set up winter quarters there,
The lady running the local Dog Rescue Home (A Brit of course) is a member of Angie's Pilates class - lots of nice dogs but Angie has been banned from visiting on the grounds Kotare is too small for a dog pack! If you are on the Midi http://www.dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk/dogs.html.
Nigel on 'Sirius' is a train spotter and saw/heard this lovely old steam train in the Station (doing a festive shopping run) it pulled onto the canal bridge to fill up with water - luckily not from the canal but a canalside hydrant.
The boat is decorated with massed Christmas cards and our festive season has really fired up - Anniversary, Angie's Birthday, Christmas all in a week - then the diet! So the next blog update won't be until Peter can get close enough to the keyboard to type.
A Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2013.