Wednesday, 16 August 2017

We are now on The North Oxford Canal

Wednesday 16th August
RIP Elvis 40 years😢
Well on Saturday 12th August after I had put a wash on & Kev had cleaned the boat we left our mooring just after 9.20am. It was drizzling a bit but brightened up later in the day and we moored opposite Samuel Barlow pub.
Travelling through Hopwas.
Crossing the Aqueduct over the river Tame
Looking back from Glascote lock 1
Kev waiting for lock to fill, quite slow(the lock not Kev lol)
Moored opposite the Samuel Barlow pub.
We had a walk to the pub in the evening and wasn't impressed so we only had one drink and left, we sat in our cratch and had a few drinks and there was a better atmosphere than in the pub! There was a 30th birthday party going on upstairs in the pub and so we had music playing until late, which was fine. While we were moored here I noticed that there were some apples growing on a small tree on the towpath so I picked what apples were left.
Not many but enough for a small pie!
On Sunday morning we were up early and on our way heading for the Atherton flight of locks, and as we were approaching the bottom lock a boat was just going in so we had to wait for them to go up and leave the lock so Kev could empty it again for us as there wasn't a boat waiting to come down.
Going up  bottom lock 11.
Once we were through the last lock of the Atherton flight, Kev got Jaz off the boat and walked her for   a while and I followed on the boat. I picked them both up at one of the bridges, we wanted to get to The Anchor pub at bridge 29 Hartshill to have Sunday lunch. When we got to the moorings close to the pub there was a day boat moored there with a nice bunch of people on board celebrating a 50th birthday.

The birthday girl.
We had a lovely Sunday roast at the Anchor and then when we had finished we left and continued cruising in the sunshine and moored through the bridge passed Springfield Haven Marina.
On Monday morning as we were leaving it started raining but only very fine and cleared again while we were cruising.
Passed this boat with a novel mannequin on his bow!!
When we got to Ansty we moored and Kev managed to do an oil change, and I took Jaz for a walk, then just chilled for the rest of the afternoon.
Yesterday was a nice morning although it did feel a bit cool it soon warmed up nicely, As Kev was letting go of the ropes ready to leave I took Jaz walking on the towpath with Kev following on the boat. I kept walking for quite a way and then realised there wasn't a bridge where I could get both myself & Jaz back on board! So I ended up walking as far as bridge 26, Grimes Bridge!
Rose Narrowboats, swing bridge ahead.
We wanted to get moored at Barby straight but there were some boats moored there and so we carried on and just around the bend we found a nice mooring with an open field just alongside of the towpath which is great for Jaz. Although when Kev let her off the boat about 6pm last night she ran up into the field and then spun around a couple of times and ran back and jumped aboard after she had been stung by a wasp! I couldn't find where exactly she had been stung but she just laid under the table for an hour or so but she is fine today. We are staying put here until tomorrow, I have done some washing and made an apple pie with the apples I picked on Saturday, so we will have that tonight. It has been very busy today with plenty of boats passing.
Moored just before bridge 79.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Saturday 12th August

On sunday 6th August we travelled to our marina @ Shardlow, we arrived there about 11am, we unpacked the car and Kev took Jaz for a walk while I put things away. We then went into Long Eaton for some shopping and then when we returned to the boat we had a bite to eat packed the shopping away and then left the marina about 2.30pm.

Our new Cratch Cover

And Pram Canopy!
We had these fitted by AJ Canopies at the end of July, Kev had been to the marina to meet them while they fitted the new ones.
Leaving the Marina
When we got to our first lock which was Shardlow there were 2 boats in the lock coming out and a hire boat on the lock landing ahead of us waiting to go in, so we shared the lock with them.
Waiting to go into Shardlow Lock.
We shared the next 2 locks with the hire boat, Aston Lock where there were 2 lockies on and then Weston Lock and we moored for the night above Weston lock.
On Monday morning we left Weston and headed towards Swarkestone lock and as we were approaching the lock the hire boaters that had shared the locks with previously came up so we shared the lock with them once again and finally shared the last of the double locks with them which was Stenson Lock. When we left the lock the hire boaters moored for a late breakfast and we carried on to Willington and stopped at the services to top with water etc.
Kev waiting for the water tank to fill.

 Passing over the River Dove, work to clear channel was going on.

We didn't pass many boats and it was quite a peaceful day cruising and we finally moored after Branston Lock.
On Tuesday it was pouring with rain and we stayed put and I did some cleaning, but then about 1pm the rain eased so we decided to move and set off about 1.30pm.
We didn't go too far, we wanted to moor above Barton Lock as we were expecting Kev's brother Ade & his wife Jane on Wednesday. They arrived on Wednesday afternoon and were spending the night with us, and so once we had got them a bite to eat we set off towards Alrewas.
Ade on the tiller
Jane on the tiller, but we are already moored lol!
We had a pleasant cruise in lovely sunshine and managed to moor in Alrewas, later we went for something to eat in the William 1V pub which was very good. 
On Thursday morning after we had a cooked breakfast we headed off to Fradley , it was another lovely sunny day and plenty of boats about in fact Fradley was very busy. Kev & Ade had been working the locks but in Fradley there were Lockies on so it was a bit easier for them. As we got up through the lock at the junction of the Coventry Canal, there was a boat waiting to come down so I turned the boat around and waited at the lock to go back down. We had a lovely day with Ade & Jane and we finally got them back to Barton about 3pm. Kev managed to turn the boat round at Barton Turns Marina and reversed back towards barton lock and moored close to where we had been moored previously there. Ade had left his car near the Barton Inn so I said my goodbyes to Ade & Jane & Kev walked back to their car with Jaz and I stayed on the boat. 
Once Kev returned we set off back to Alrewas where we managed to get moored close to the footbridge.
Moored in Alrewas below the footbridge.
Yesterday morning I put a wash on and then popped for a few things at the Co-op shop and then we headed back to Fradley where we stopped at the water point to fill up with water, empty the cassettes & get rid of the rubbish! The water was very slow and we were on the water point for about half an hour! I then went to the lock and Kev moved over to the lock landing to wait as there was a boat ahead of us going into the lock.

Passed this lovely wooden boat on the Coventry Canal.
Once we were up and out of the lock we turned onto the Coventry Canal, and we finally moored after Tamhorn Farm Bridge.