Sunday, 5 January 2020

On the Moorings Saturday 4 January 2020

Day : Saturday
Date : 4 January 2020
Start : 0930
Finish : 1330 Back at the moorings

Last night we made the decision we would go home today, so today's plan was a trip to Fazeley to fill with diesel and than back to the marina, this would also recharge the batteries to leave the boat.

0930 this morning saw us on our way, When I went out on the back deck it looked as if we have had a small visitor overnight.DSCF3285

The weather was surprisingly warm and we were soon at the two Glascote locks and a boater had just come out of the top gate which was a bonus. Down to Fazeley Junction and sharp left to Fazeley Mill marina to top up with diesel, only after 50 lts their tank ran dry.

We retraced our step stopping at Fazeley Junction to fill with water, just beyond the junction this boat had a very nice piece of wood carving on its bows.DSCF3292

Out luck at the locks going back wasn't so good as yet again a boat was just leaving the top lock gate, so both against us this time. A little further on one of the houses has had a very nice Christmas display, last time we passed it was only partly completed.DSCF3289

Back at the marina we slid into our mooring slot and made ready to go home, this time of the year this includes draining the domestic water system. Just a hour later we were in the car and on our way home.

Today's Journeymap 1510 Miles 4 Locks in 4 hours.

A map of our total journey taken from Canal Plan ACfull trip map

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Friday, 3 January 2020

Alvecote Friday 3 January 2020

Day : Friday
Date : 3 January 2020
Start : 1045
Finish : 1500 Alvecote

First task yesterday evening was to find somewhere to eat, looking on the internet first choice was The Chapel House, not what we would normally chose but looked rather nice for a one off, but no table available, so we walked to the Red Lion but found it unfriendly and uninviting so walked out again, maybe the Indian further down Long St. Steaming Billy's didn't sound like us and the Indian was empty and looked moor Take away, however next door almost was the Black Horse, a much friendlier establishment. We ate in the bar as there was already another couple eating there and after a nice meal got into conversation with a couple of local gents who came in for a drink. A very friendly atmosphere all round.

This morning we set off a little later than usual, stopping at the water point to fill with water and dump the rubbish before setting off down the flight, 2 boats had already gone down so we expected to locks to be against us. We did meet one boat at lock 4 but he had only come up a couple of locks, likewise we met another at 7 but after a couple of locks they were all empty again. By now the sun was out but it still wasn't as warm as it was last night, 10.5°C at midnight in early January. Once clear of the locks we had a steady run through to Alvecote where we have moored for the night just north of the marina.

Today's Journeymap 148 Miles 11 Locks in 4¼ hours.

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Thursday, 2 January 2020

Atherstone Thursday 2 January 2020

Day : Thursday
Date : 2 January 2020
Start : 1030
Finish : 1330 Atherstone visitor moorings

Oil and Filter changed, Batteries topped up.

It was a nice quiet mooring last night opposite the school playing field. The wind picked up overnight which made the centre lines slap on the rear bulkhead, surprising how loud that can be inside the boat in the quiet of the night.
This morning was reasonable warm with a bit of breeze. The scrap pile at Charity Dock looks to be getting bigger with 2 Morris 1000s and a van on there now.DSCF3268
The pussy willows now have their catkins on them so we have the spring to look forward to. I am always amused how some people decorate their gardens, this one has a Buddha temple, a couple of skeletons and other odds and ends.DSCF3270
There is so much water entering the canal opposite The Anchor at Hartshill that the canal is a milky grey for several yards under the road bridge, I suspect its old mine or quarry pumpings. DSCF3274

It wasn't long before we were approaching Atherstone and Rothen's new base. Rothen now do most of CRT boat related bank work and DSCF3280 supply boats to CRT, I think they probably bought most of the from CRT a few years back, but they also have new stuff.
Once moored at Atherstone and after a cup of tea Diana went for a wonder round town to find somewhere to eat tonight while I did the oil etc.

Today's Journeymap 139¼ Miles 0 Locks in 3 hours.

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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Bedworth Wednesday 1 January 2020

Day : Wednesday
Date : 1 January 2020
Start : 1100
Finish : 1600 Bedworth

Well we saw the New Year in with a couple of glasses of Champaign and watched the London fireworks on the TV so were a bit late to bed and a bit late starting this morning at 11am. When we set off there wasn't a breath of wind and only the lightest of breezes all day. We saw our first snowdrops at Brinklow.DSCF3248
A little further on and the old Spoon Dredger is still at Rose narrowboats Ltd, it was here last time we passed.DSCF3251 this time I managed to record the number BCN 18409.
At Ansty when we same by a few days ago there were about 50 horses in a field, today most of them had moved off into the scrub area beside the canal where they were browsing on bushes etc.DSCF3261
As you approach Hawkesbury Junction there is a large electrical substation on the off side owned by the National Grid surrounded but what could be termed waste ground, it seems this is now being DSCF3263managed for wildlife and nature.
We had to wait at Sutton Stop as a boat ahead of us was just entering the lock, as he was single handed Diana closed up for him and turned the lock for us, then it was out on the Coventry canal with a 180° turn round the junction and through the gauging narrows. We stopped in Bedworth at Terry and Christine's for a cup of tea and some tasty brownies plus but of a chat before setting off again to moor a short way before Charity Dock opposite the school playing fields.

One final thing. Why not make it a New Years resolution on 1st of the month to check your smoke and CO alarms, you know it makes sense.

Today's Journeymap 1211 Miles 1 Lock in 3¾ hours.

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019

All Oaks Tuesday 31 December 2019

Day : Tuesday
Date : 30December 2019
Start : 1000
Finish : 1615 All Oaks again

Yesterday evening we wandered up to The Plough for dinner, quite early at 7pm and as expected it was quite quiet at that time. Its several years since we have eaten there.

This morning Diana went to do a bit of shopping while I motored down to the Marina to wind, she was coming over the bridge just as I moored up in the same spot I left 25 minutes earlier. Once back onboard we headed back to the N Oxford. The island DSCF3244 supporting the double span bridge across the junction needs some serious attention. You may recall that on Friday I posted a photo of a boat on Cross straps, well this is how its spouse to be done. DSCF3245

We had a good run down the locks with the top lock full and a boat about to leave both middle and bottom lock as we arrived. Being a bit short of water we stopped at the water point below the locks, but once we saw how low the water pressure was we carried on to Rugby and filled there. We met quite a lot of boats, most of them we had also met yesterday going the other way, including this Kate hire boat, they also had an inflatable Christmas tree on the rear deck and a Father Christmas.DSCF3246

Boaters tend to put something on top of their chimneys and exhausts to stop the rain getting in while the fire/ engine is not in use. I use an upturned, but painted coffee tin, some use mugs and saucepans, even bowler hats and Charlie pots, but this one had purpose made bonnets.DSCF3243

We pushed on and moored back at All Oaks wood visitor moorings.

Today's Journeymap 1115 Miles 3 Locks in 5¾ hours.

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Monday, 30 December 2019

Braunston Monday 30 December 2019

Day : Monday
Date : 30 December 2019
Start : 1030
Finish : Braunston 1530

Well weather wise the day made a very slow start and didn't really pick up until mid day, but boy it certainly made up for it withDSCF3234 warm sunshine until about 4pm.

We met quite a few boats as we made our way to Braunston, we were going to stop at Hillmorton but the weather was so nice we just carried on. All the Hillmorton Locks were with us and a boat came down just as I was leaving the bottom lock, so I didn't need to stop and close it. There look to be a few more houses on the old radio site than last time we passed, I wonder how long it will take to complete the development.DSCF3238

One thing that stuck out today were there old Oxford Canal Company concrete fence posts, but they are not lined up for running wires through them, so ether they have been moved or were put in for another reason.DSCF3239

As we approached Braunston the sun was still bright but getting lower and it left some great shadows on the ridge and furrow land running up towards Braunston Church.DSCF3242

At Braunston Junction we went round to the left towards the village, there were a couple of mooring spots opposite the Boat House pub and as we knew two boats were following us we decided to moor straight way rather than going to the marina to wind first and risk not finding a spot.

Today's Journeymap 0914½ Miles 3 Locks in 4¾ hours.

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Sunday, 29 December 2019

All Oak Wood Sunday 29 December 2019

Day : Sunday
Date : 29 December 2019
Start : 1045
Finish : All Oaks, N Oxford 1530

A much brighter day today and looking at the sky this evening I am hopeful for tomorrow as well.DSCF3233
Before setting of a short walk round the basin and a visit to the food shop that specialises in eastern European thing. I have never had dry smoked squid before and then we were off. One of the bridges has some interesting art work, I can't call it graffiti as it DSCF3212 was commissioned. What did surprise me were the yellow and blue wheelie bins right by the canal, form the labels they contain oil spill clean up kits and no one has set fire to them yet. Further along on the off side there is a complete wall made from old shipping containers standing 3 high.DSCF3213
You can't come down the Coventry Arm and not take a photo of the concrete sofa, no one has thrown this one in the cut yet. DSCF3215 Talking of throwing things in the cut I have never seen this branch so clear of floating rubbish, on one trip down the weedhatch in the whole 10 miles.
When we reached Hawkesbury Junction I had to wait for a boat to come out from the Oxford before we could swing under the footbridge to the lock. A group of moorers just beyond the lock look as if they had a joyful Christmas.DSCF3216
Just beyond bridge 44 the fields are well flooded, I wonder if the pylon will grow a few inches with its roots in water.DSCF3224

We carried on and as the sky's cleared and the sun popped out again very low in to the horizon it started to feel a bit cooler, a kind boater taking water at Rose Narrowboats opened the swing bridge for us which was most appreciated as we carried to moor for the night on the rings just before All Oaks corner. We have met quite a few boats today, probably more than we have seen moving all week until today, the first being on the Coventry Arm followed by a couple at Sutton Stop.

Today's Journeymap 0814½ Miles 1 Lock in 4¾ hours.

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