We finally left Auxerre on 9th April but it was in the knowledge that John had to return to the UK for a funeral so we weren't going to go far. We were pleasantly surprised to see that Bailly Quai had repaired its water and electricity supplies at an extremely reasonable price so we stayed there until 21st April when we returned to Auxerre so I would have the use of the car etc. whilst John was in the UK.
Our mooring at Bailly
They say that owners get to look like their dogs......!!
So finally after a week resettling into France, playing Boules with our friends in port (Phil and Julie on Philosophe and Kevin and Brigitte on Amazing Grace) and having a wonderful day out at Guedelon castle (which is being built as they would have built it in medieval times. they anticipate it will take 25 yrs to build, it was started in 2000, it is a wonderful day out and well worth seeing!)
with our French friends (Samuel and Marie-Noelle, who live in Auxerre ) we finally set off on our summer journey, AT LAST!!!
Mind you the boat made its way to Bailly where we stayed another week ( the facilities are so cheap 1 euro a day) and treated our french friends to a quick outing on our boat.
A picnic by the boat before setting off with Samuel, Marie-Noelle, Barbara, Salome and Melvil, and John of course!
Salome enjoying pride of place in the bows
We left Bailly last Wednesday and moved to Vincelles, just one lock , as it was near a supermarket and we stocked up on provisions. We were pleased to re-aquaint ourselves with friends John and Jill who share a barge here and also have a house in Vincelottes nearby. Yesterday we moved on to Cravant where Patrice fell in whilst we were mooring up. It was very very windy with the wind blowing us away from the shore, he leapt ashore on his lead and as the wind blew it dragged him into the canal! I watched, helplessly, as he did doggie paddle (or should it be cat paddle?) back to the boat and climbed back on board using one of the fenders! At least we know he can swim but it will be the lifejacket for him from now on!