Monday 9th saw us up early and away to see Eunoia for the first time since she was ours. On our arrival it took a few journeys to and from the camper to load on all the goodies that we’d brought in order to make Eunoia into a home from home, but we were really pleased with the result. Definitely homely.
We spent the afternoon and evening just gently finding our way around the marina and the boat and discovering things that we hadn’t realised were there when we’d viewed her.
Tuesday arrived and we asked Justin from Aqua Narrowboats (the builders) to come and give us a run through of what did what and how. After a very useful time we felt brave enough to set off out of the marina, turning right toward Burton on Trent. We had a lovely first cruise in the sun, admiring the view and gaining in confidence. Only a few scary moments! Lots of people recognised the boat and we proudly said that we’d just bought her. Happy days. It was beautiful and sunny for most of the trip, but we did have a shower or two on the way back when I left Roger to get on with it. He is the one with the ‘skipper’ hat! Here’s a picture before the storm.
Wednesday was the day of farewell. We had a few tasks to sort out before we left and so i decided that I’d have a go at some of the portholes. I think this brass polishing is going to be a task!!
We then set off to Glasgow to do our main training for the Commonwealth games and to collect our accreditation and uniform. The uniform was first and the staff were so efficient and speedy that both Roger and I got through in fairly quick time. I had two sessions of training on Friday and Saturday, both of which were pretty good on the whole. Met some lovely people and found out what task I’ll be completing during the games. Just got to confirm where I’ll be now so that I turn up at the right place. Roger had his training too and knows both what he’s doing and where he’s doing it. If we can get the public transport sussed we’ll be on a roll.
We left Glasgow on Saturday night to start our journey south so that we could collect Polly from Sheffield university to bring her home on the Sunday. We packed the van to the top with all of Polly’s stuff and then had a trouble free trip home. Just got a 36 hour turn around with her now ready for her flight to Singapore on Tuesday – but that’s another story….