Rich, Issy and Max riding the folding bike
The 28th April was spent trying to change engine mounts, unfortunately the new engine mounts were not as per the order and did not fit correctly. Emilie spent the day provisioning for the days ahead.
29th April was Emilie’s birthday, and I entertained the kids for the morning while Emilie continued to provision and purchased some pots, pans and dishes that will do us well in the coming years and store better than what was onboard. During the morning we pumped up the dinghy to clean the hull, potter about and also peeled off the old Lelystad stickers and replaced with Valletta. We then had Emilie’s birthday lunch eating crepes and drinking rose.
New port Valletta
Kids boat life in dinghy. Max fell in not long after.
Today (30th) we departed Episy at 0800 after breakfast and cruised up canal passing six locks. On the way Emilie’s dad joined us in convoy in his river boat “Harfi”. We also passed the house where Emilie spent the first few years of her life.
School in cockpit in French canals
At midday we stopped at a market in Nemour. Our first approach closer to the market put us aground, so we opted for a deeper landing further away from the market. While Emilie and the kids went to the market, Rich cleaned the weed from the strainer and log.
This afternoon we stopped at Souppes sur Loing. Harfie joined us at the dock 30 minutes later. Rich installed a Galvanic Isolator and then we caught a ride in a car to Emilie’s grandmothers house in Chavannes where we enjoyed dinner and wine.
This evening we are back onboard. Tomorrow is a public holiday here so the locks are closed. We will enjoy markets in the morning before lunch at Chavannes.