Thursday, 27 December 2012
You can tell how dark a day it was because the illuminated deer on this Kate boat was visible in the late morning. It was cool and windy too, with a little rain adding to the already soaking towpaths. Although we had a few days the collective gloom meant we decided on a trip out for lunch and then back to the marina. The Bridge seemed to be closed at just before noon, with the phone going unanswered, so we went on to the Folly. The Bridge seemed to have opened by the time we passed on the way home though.
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Sunday, 2 September 2012
Saturday, 11 August 2012
Friday, 10 August 2012
Onwards again on another hot and sunny mooring to visit the chandleries at Whilton before ascending Buckby locks with a very experienced timeshare boat crew.
After lunch we stopped in the tree lined cutting leading into Braunston Tunnel to escape the worst of the afternoon’s heat and catch up with a little painting.
Thursday, 9 August 2012
After a night below the top lock we set off in the morning through the picture perfect village, well before the customary crowds had arrived.
I hadn’t spotted the unusual weather vane on the boatyard next to the services at Gayton Junction before.
The afternoon grew hotter, and we found a shady mooring in Weedon within easy reach of the Indian Restaurant for a take-away.
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
The aqueduct from above:
Unusually we shared the lock flight with two day boats on what became a hot and sunny afternoon. Dinner in the garden at the Navigation – where the odd mixture of loud background music seemed almost designed to move customers on quickly as soon as they have eaten.
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Monday, 6 August 2012
We moved from Linslade to Milton Keynes today, stopping to avoid a soaking. Little to note except that for the second day in a row I have destroyed an ant’s nest in mooring up. Yesterday they came swarming out of the ground after I drove in a mooring pin; today they had colonised the space behind the sheet piling that I put a mooring clip into.
Sunday, 5 August 2012
Sunday morning saw us, and several other boats, hard aground in the pound above Marsworth’s bottom lock. The water had gone down a foot or two overnight, perhaps because the gates leak badly, and the top gates always swing open for some reason. This appears to be a daily occurrence. We were soon afloat after some water had been let down the flight and on our way.
Paired with another boat, we made faster progress on the way back down and moored for a late lunch at the Grove Lock, after the shower that was about to hit in this picture.
Saturday, 4 August 2012
Fortunately the sun came out to show the long summit pound off at its leafy best.
After lunch at the Cowroast Inn we retraced our steps. The White Lion is boarded up and for sale, but the Anglers Retreat was still open for dinner.
Friday, 3 August 2012
Thursday, 2 August 2012
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
When we first came by this way nearly twenty years ago, there was an information board here titled “Welcome to Wolverton”. In a precursor to the spirit of social media, someone had spray painted “Don’t bother” over the information below. It’s pleasant enough now, but somehow a little eerie, and few people seem to stop here except for a quick trip to Sainsbury. I don’t remember this housing estate marching over the horizon toward the canal even on much more recent visits.
Saturday, 28 July 2012
We’d had all sorts of ideas of where to go on this holiday, but after the spring rains with the floods and closure of rivers to navigation we decided to just see how far down the GU we would get. The first day saw us through Calcutt locks to a mooring in the Admiral Nelson pound at Braunston.
Sunday, 15 July 2012
Saturday, 23 June 2012
Friday, 15 June 2012
Saturday, 9 June 2012
|Braunston on the skyline.|
Caracol goes back into the dry dock soon for replacement stern gear, and then will need a replacement stove, so I don't know how much cruising we'll fit in before our next big trip later in the summer.