On the River Lea to be exact, where we have enjoyed a lovely peaceful few days cruising to Hertford which is as far as the Lea goes. We have travelled under blue skies and have enjoyed wall to wall sunshine; it is the Summer of our dreams and we can't think of anywhere we would rather be than cruising the waterways on Molly with our furry crew. We do feel as if we are on Holiday, but of course we are not. The Hippie Boat has a busy trading schedule to fulfill and there is a purpose as well as pleasure involved in heading up The Lea.
We are now in place for our next event, The Ware Festival 6th - 8th July. I have never been to Hertford or Ware before and I have been absolutely charmed by both of these gorgeous towns. The trip has also been a welcome breather from the madness of London, where we had been trading for most of June.
Our London adventure started with Towpath trading in Westbourne Green, following a fantastic Bank Holiday Weekend at the Boxmoor festival, Hosted by The Fishery Wharf Cafe
where the HippieBoat starred in a This NarrowBoat Adventure Youtube video
and featured in a Moored Like a Muppet youtube video with maggie & Jim
At Little Venice, we all celebrated Toastie's Birthday, met up with Sandra from The Doggie Boat and Toastie, Pete and Jan from The Art Boat got haircuts on the towpathfrom my good friend and mobile hairdresser Sharon
At Angel, Islington we enjoyed a visit from family and went to a fully Vegan pub www.theblacksmithandthetoffeemaker.co.uk/! It has been wonderful having so many attractions such as theatres, exhibitions, Galleries & Museums on our doorstep as well as so many famous landmarks and of course it is vegan heaven! The only downside......? Having to share a narrow stretch of towpath, not designed to accomodate hundreds of cycling commuters, joggers and pedestrians, the majority of whom are not interested in relaxing and enjoying time by the canal, as they just want to get from A-B as quickly as possible, often at the expense of those people who are attempting to find a calm environment to enjoy time away from the busy city streets. Anyway, watch this space for a dedicated blog about my views on the #sharethespace campaign coming soon!
After Ware, we are back into the city for the Mile End Fete & Floating Market
may the sun keep on shining and the cyclists slow down ☺️