We have also been thinking about our time on board and now that my books are selling well we've decided to do shorter hops and base the boat in a permanent mooring. Lyme View marina is about 9 miles from the grandkids near Manchester, they have room and are not that expensive, so we are now booked in for a permanent mooring when we get there in August. We stayed there last year and so know it suits well. Basically we will now have a second home near Manchester but also one that is well placed to explore the northern system - which is less crowded and probably more interesting than a lot of the southern waterways.
Warwick Castle - what we could see of it from outside as we were far to mean to cough up the entrance fee.
However, we had been told that there was a really nice 'Ye Olde Tea Room' just outside.
And there was - where Fi drowned her sorrows with some clotted cream and 'small' scone. (I, of course, abstained!!)