The Stratford Festival of Motoring meant road closures to the modern world, replaced with a racetrack for the past. The earliest car we spotted was a 1907 Bianchi, previously owned by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. All shapes, all sizes and vivid colours – amazing to think of all the lives they’ve lived. A carnival feel accompanied the cars – steel bands, market stalls, car demos, off-road experiences, luvvies fresh from the boards…brilliantly vibrant.
Back in narrowboat world the water pump had begun dripping a bit too much, so out it came. Once inside the casing it was clear the seal had come away, so quite a bit of glue, mastic and tape later, it was back and water tight – only problem being there’s so much gunk on there that there’s no way it’s ever coming apart again, a spare might be the way forward.
A hefty lock safety reminder this evening. Blue lights, sirens and the whirring of the air ambulance blades suddenly altered the relaxed vibe down along the river meadow. Crowds gathered to see emergency services attending a pretty nasty looking incident at Colin P. Witter Lock on the Avon.