Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I am all in favour of festivals but I was cursing them on Saturday. And Sunday. I can't make the Blisworth Canal festival on the 8th and 9th August but I thought I would spend a week there this week. It was going to work out well as I had offered to help another friend move their boat on Sunday and for various reasons Blisworth suited me well. I arrived at Blisworth, moored up, packed a bag and headed off. A friend texted me to say there were signs suspending the moorings. It wasn't clear whether that was for the whole of Blisworth so I had to go and have a read of them myself. I was infuriated to discover signs suspending the moorings some two weeks before the festival starts - from 27th July for everywhere.
Even more infurating was that these signs were off my radar - I thought they were advertising the festival so I didn't notice them when I moored up. (They seemed to be advertising the festival rather than suspension of mooring). I was even more cross that the CRT notice board didn't even have a notice in it!
I was incredibly tempted to stay where I was but being a good rule abiding citizen (when it suits me) I decided to move on. I pulled the pins and headed off feeling pleased to leave Blisworth behind (it is the same place my motorcycle got sabotaged). I didn't have to go far before I found a space near Gayton Juntion. I pulled in to see this:
When I got to Gayton visitor moorings there was a space, but a boat had reserved the spot. They weren't there when I arrived, and they weren't there the following morning. I could have moored up there, but I didn't. It looked to me that doing so would create a scene and I was fed up of the scene that day so I moved on. Again.
(edit: it turns out this side is labelled visitor moorings, but 3 boats there are legit long term moorings, this boat was one of them)
I was in a right grump. I will get over it. If you are passing Blisworth Canal Festival do go - it sounds great fun!