Our outfitter, Emily, had agreed to pick us up and take us to our boat at Le Somail. "I'll find you," she said ...and, with a little help, she did. A delightful young Mum from Warwickshire, where her Da builds the narrow boats, she and her husband Tony took over the French operation, and is raising two bilingual children "with Southern French accents and Northern English ones." She gave us a short tour of the boat, and a short shakedown cruise. It's a rudder boat, not a wheel, and so it steers "counter" -- you push right to go left. It makes sense once you're doing it. I got a grip on the steering right away, negotiated a couple of bridges, a three point turn, and then back to a landing. Rochelle had to jump off the boat with the rope to moor, and found that challenging the first time, but she'll get it.
We are on strictly managed electricity, and connecting to the 'Net is very slow and intermittent, too ...so my transmissions will be abbreviated, at least for now. We expect to shop a little in Le Somail, and then cruise a bit east later in the afternoon if it's not too windy.