We went to London on a day trip to see the Natural History Museum. Animatronic T. Rex:
After the dinosaurs we went to look at the Blue Whale in the mammals gallery:
It's just as I remember it from school trips as long as 30 years ago, with one small change: There used to be lots of pennies on the whale's tail. Today there is a discreet sign that says you should not throw things onto the tail as it will damage the exhibit.
As it turned out we couldn't turn until the bottom of the Stoke Bruerne flight, so on we went. Last night I washed the right-hand side of Syncopation and touched up the gloss black paint below the gunwhales. At lunch time we turned round below lock 20 and headed back up the flight, having washed down the left hand side of the boat. We stopped for ice cream again in Stoke Bruerne before re-entering the Blisworth tunnel and arriving back at the car at around 3 PM. A quick dash home, fed cat and fish and then back to the boat and up to Bugbrooke to turn the boat again. Seems like a lot of effort to go such a short distance but the weather has been glorious. Touched up the gloss black below the gunwales on the left hand side this evening. Syncopation is finally in a fit state to be seen in public again.
Just as well as there are plenty if gongoozlers at Stoke Bruerne.
Finally made it back aboard. Cathy is in Manchester as her mum is ill. I've decided to be brave and single-hand with three children in tow. We arrived at Syncopation's mooring at about two in the afternoon despite my best intentions of a prompt start. We headed south through the Blisworth tunnel, arriving in Stoke Bruerne in time for ice cream from the Boat Inn and fridge magnets from the narrowboat shop moored just past the museum.
I then braved the gauntlet of gongoozlers at the top lock. At about this point I realised I had forgotten to pack number one son's medicine so the plan for the last half of the week has been changed. We'll turn around and go back to Blisworth to pick up the car and go home for the tablets before continuing North for a day.