Dhobi Day

Tomorrow is Derby Day at Epsom but for us today is Dhobi Day!  We washed Boat, Bodies, Bras, Briefs and Boxers.

Judith being closely supervised by Pat
Judith Closely Supervised By Pat
Overnight Mooring At Dunstall Bridge
Overnight Mooring At Dunstall Bridge

There was a very pleasant section near Hopwas Wood Bridge which looked lovely in the morning sun. The ladies both seemed to enjoy it.

This Is Much Better Than The Tunnel
This Is Much Better Than The Tunnel
All Fresh And Dhobied
All Fresh And Dhobied
Bridge 53 Wood End Lock - Pat's Painting Place
Bridge 53 Wood End Lock – Pat’s Painting Place

Sleepless Nights

Apologies to Sarah and Toby who, having expected perfectly regular daily blog updates, couldn’t get to sleep last night without their “hit”.

Shortly after leaving Boon’s Wharf we passed the water point at Hartshill and memories of “camera gate” came flooding back.

Between locks 9 and 10 we picked up an interesting companion at lunch time.  He tapped on the window to ask if he could share our meal and was rewarded with some spicy chicken.


On our journey we passed a floating one way sign – slightly worrying as we were going in the wrong direction and only managed to take a photo after we had gone by.


Our overnight stop was in a very pleasant spot just past Dunstall Bridge where we enjoyed a glass of wine and plate of cottage pie par excellence.

The water iris are looking particularly beautiful at the moment and here is one for everyone to share.Day4-1

Thought for the day:  It’s always best to share.

It Takes Two To Tiller
It Takes Two To Tiller

Grey White And Cloudy

Thought for the day:  Say you love someone every day.

Travelled in the twilight zone today between Rugby and Nuneaton.

The highlights revolved around Hawkesbury Junction.  First, under Pat’s tutelage, Peter managed a hole in one  and second the very fine lunch at The Greyhound.

Not everyone managed the turn so well.


The low point was Peter’s arm in the weed hatch removing a plastic bag and length of fishing line.

Romy gave the May blossom the brush off.


We met The Admiral at Charity Dock.  He declined our invitation to come on board as he was not prepared to walk the plank.


Bog and Bag Blog

Thought for the day:  We try not to take ourselves too seriously (especially where (in)sanitary matter is  concerned).

Stopped at CliftonCruisers as we were triple lining.  Emptied back end filled front end and Oliver then sat perfectly trimmed.

Called in at Rugby to visit the supermarket and The Range.  Pat threw his bag in the canal, fortunately before it contained any shopping.  He could have been given a compliment but all he got was a pat on the bag and a wet back when walking back.

Thai green curry for dinner accompanied by Sarah’s very fine rhubarb gin.

When the rain came guess who was granted permission to take the tiller?


Tunnel Vision

Met up with Pat’s brother Ian this morning and he travelled with us to Braunston.  He really enjoyed being on a canal he visited for the first time in 1980.



Judith had helmed yesterday so well that it was hardly worth an entry and the rhubarb seemed more important.  Today she really hogged the tiller. She kindly handed over to Romy for a spell just before leaving the tunnel but judging from the look on Romy’s face she didn’t enjoy it as much as Judith did.

The “Tunnel Buster” lit up the walls of the tunnel very well but it was not appreciated by oncoming vessels when directed straight at them.

We were very lucky to avoid the Bank Holiday queues that built up in the opposite direction at Hilmorton.

Compliments today to Toby for the excellent beer provided on board.



A Day Full Of Compliments

Thought for the day: “If you compliment someone  each day they will feel great and so will you.”

Peter made an excellent exit from the marina.  Romy helmed superbly through Buckby locks entering several alongside another boat.  Judith did a fantastic job stewing rhubarb.  Pat manoeuvered using his extensive skills with great aplomb, to squeeze us in to refuel at Rugby Boats.

We were all so pleased with ourselves that we all had a gin and tonic.

Norton Junction


Preparing For A Pootle To The Pennines

The latest version of the “Small Person Step” has now been completed.

small-person-stepIt is made from a rather beautiful piece of solid oak and has some sturdy folding legs. Smiley and Springy have been testing it and both said they thought it a bit Bah-my.

I can’t wait to see it in action.

Coming along nicely is the highly adjustable tunnel illumination device based on the Olight SR mini and designed to brighten up even the darkest moments.

The new toilet

The new tank is now in, along with all the new pipework and the monitoring system.

The control panel was expertly cut out by Barry with help from Sarah, and just looks like it’s always belonged there. We now have a tank monitor along with the flush controls so we know when we need to empty – always handy!

Toilet monitor

Here’s the other end of the tank-monitor – lots of wires and fiddly cutting of the sensors to the right depths, but nothing we couldn’t handle 🙂

Tank guage fitted
Tank guage fitted

The pipe work is mostly fitted just using rubber grommets to make a seal, but for one connection the plastic needs welding together – I was a bit nervous about this as the thought of any leaks wasn’t a pleasant one, but luckily all went well!

Solvent welding the pipework
Solvent welding the pipework

And finally the tank and all the connections were done – hooray!

All plumbed in
All plumbed in

Toilet woes come to a head

The toilet has been showing signs of its age so we finally decided to bite the bullet and replace both it and the tank. At the same time it seems a good opportunity to fit a working tank monitor gauge.

Yesterday we got the old tank out, and today we tidied up a bit and investigated where to put the new monitor panel.

Here’s the view under the bed where the tank goes


and here’s the new tank, in place but not fitted or connected yet.


There’s not a lot of room to spare at the head of the bed, but should be enough for the pipework.


Oliver’s Grand Llangollen Adventure comes to an end

After 6 fantastic weeks, today is Oliver’s last day of his grand adventure to Llangollen and back.


We started with a beautiful sunny morning, the perfect start to the last day.

The day started bright and sunny
The day started bright and sunny

In no time at all we were coming up to Braunston junction

Ironwork bridges at Braunston
Ironwork bridges at Braunston – we took the right hand fork

Braunston is one of our favourite places to stop and gongoozle, but today we didn’t stop and went through the locks and up to the tunnel. On the way we came across this strange sight:

The poor horse was clearly tired of pulling boats and wanted to hitch a ride instead
The poor horse was clearly tired of pulling boats and wanted to hitch a ride instead

The tunnel is long and dark, but thankfully as there’s been so little rain recently it was relatively dry for once so we didn’t get soaked like we usually do. Sarah had great fun trying to get some atmospheric photos in the dark, here’s a small selection of them







After the tunnel we were soon back at the junction to Buckby locks, our nemesis. Fortunately we met up with another boat, (The Denby Rose also from Heyford Fields Marina) so shared the work and got through them in good time, before refuelling at Rugby boats and finally returning back to where it all started. Little did we know Dad was keeping tabs on us all the time, and took careful note of our arrival

Someone's spying on us!
Someone’s spying on us!

It feels strange to be back in the marina, but we were delighted to find our neighbours Razamataz back in the water after 6 months of refit after a fire, and it was lovely to see everyone again.

Now we must start planning the next great adventure…. watch this space!