Once a friendly lock keeper had told me to "look at the sky", I managed to improved my skill at unlooping the aft line (rope) from the bollard.
There were so many highlights it is difficult to decide which ones to describe - briefly!
And the lowlights? None, unless you count…..
Albi is located on the River Tarn, about 85 km northeast of Toulouse. The episcopal city, situated in the centre of the actual city, around the cathedral, was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2010.
Everywhere we looked we saw captivating scenes…..
We had to climb 145 uneven stairs to reach our spacious and eclectically-decorated apartment.
And we enjoyed many tastey meals, accompanied by the excellent local wines from the Gaillac region.
As we drove and walked with Julie, Craig, Jean, Skye and Torin the stories of Rob Roy and the song "Loch Lomond" - By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes - kept playing in our heads.
The following day, a Monday, Julie and Jean took us to beautiful Lock Katrine, with its Rob Roy, Sir Walter Scott. the Lady of the Lake and other history. We also found a yummy bakery and a place to have lunch.
As we travelled from London to Suffolk the refrain of "Jerusalem" played over and over in my head. The landscape was indeed a 'green and pleasant land'.
The low ceilings were quite a challenge for Johno. He was slow to learn, and hence lost a few layers of skin off his head!
While staying with Cynthia and Martin we did some fabulous day trips - to Southwold with the colourful beach huts (that are selling for up to GBP140,000 EACH), and to Dunwich where we had a delicious pub lunch. We walked along a blustery beach, to Orford Ness with its historic military installations, and to Norwich with its impressive cathedral, castle, downtown arcades, and the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia.
Thank you, Cynthia, Martin and Charlotte, for a wonderful, and all-too-brief, visit.
We went to Toowoomba to visit Johno's granddaughter, Cassandra. She is studying for a BA in performing arts and marketing at the University of Southern Queensland.
I was impressed with Toowoomba, including its greenness and picturesque gardens.
We sailed on the Broadwater, an inland waterway that stretches from the Gold Coast to north of Brisbane, anchoring overnight at a scenic and sheltered location.