Saturday, 31 May 2014

Newbury Saturday 31 May 2014

Can this notice at Kintbury really be true, can they do what damage they like to the items on top of my boat with impunity?DSCF5778

One thing I mast say that I have been using Waterways Routes  http://www.waterwayroutes.co.uk/ on my I pad this trip and I an quite surprised how useful I have found it. I don’t even normally read guide books. The only thing I need to do is make a weather proof shaded housing for the I pad so I can have it on the slide in all weathers. I may get a GPS dongle so that I can run it on the laptop with the dongle on the roof.

Woke to a lovely sunny morning and were away before 10 am. we met several single boats but non at an ideal time, i.e. just about to leave a lock. They were there 5 minutes out and the lock had to be left empty or had just started emptying it as we arrived etc.  We thought we had struck lucky at the first lock as the gate opened as we approached and there was a boat on the lock mooring. It turned out to be the day boat and they were going the other way. The owner normally gives tuition on that lock to the hires but this lot had been before so weren't going down, still he had got the lock ready for us so that was a bonus. The willow fluff was laying on the water in  the still air. DSCF5781 The offside bush growth comes well across the cut here rubbing the side of a Narrowboat so a wide beam would have to push its way through.DSCF5783 The pound between locks 82 and 83 was much better than when we went up, the chap I had the difference of opinion with at lock 83 is still moored near the bypass bridge, what a surprise. See http://nbharnser.blogspot.com/2014/04/kintbury-tuesday-22-april-2014.html We met the same chap on his bike just after we moored up and I think he recognised Diana as he turned away.

I was leaving lock 84 when I spotted this object laying on the offside bank by the bridge, it looks like two plugs to go into metal pipes on tot of a square metal post with a square plug on the bottom. it looks very substantial, anyone have any ideas what it could be.DSCF5786 The visitor moorings above the Newbury Swing Bridge were all full so I stopped just through Northcroft Foot Bridge which are unrestricted mooring. From here we walked into town to meet up with my grandsons for tea.

map newburyThis is our journey for today.

7 comments:

Nellie said...

Brian thinks it is part of a hand rail. Regards Brenda Ward

Ann nb Oakfield said...

The horse boat folks cannot expect boaters to remove solar panels, surely! We encountered one coming down Braunston Locks, so we walked along the gunnel holding their tow rope above our plank rack/aerials while they passed, simples.
Realy enjoying your travels on the K/A as we have only ever visited bits of it by car, as yet.

Linda Gifford-Hull said...

I can assure you that the sign is right! The rope took our chimney off one year! Fortunately there was nothing else on the roof at the time.

NB 'Miss Heliotrope' said...

Looks vaguely like a drawbar of some sort of agricultural machinery or other?

Been messing around with Waterways routes myself, looks quite good, but doesn't show any pubs at all on the map of the Llangollen wot I have got.... Most disappointing!

Peter H , Miss Heliotrope

NB 'Miss Heliotrope' said...

Looks vaguely like a drawbar of some sort of agricultural machinery or other?

Been messing around with Waterways routes myself, looks quite good, but doesn't show any pubs at all on the map of the Llangollen wot I have got.... Most disappointing!

Peter H , Miss Heliotrope

Brian and Diana on NB Harnser http://nbharnser.blogspot.com said...

Peter I don't think its agricultural but quite heavy looking, not old.

I know what you mean about the pubs, if it could be combined with First Mates Guide it would be great, but can you imagine trying to keep it up to date.

Brian and Diana on NB Harnser http://nbharnser.blogspot.com said...

Peter I don't think its agricultural but quite heavy looking, not old.

I know what you mean about the pubs, if it could be combined with First Mates Guide it would be great, but can you imagine trying to keep it up to date.