There was a very pleasant section near Hopwas Wood Bridge which looked lovely in the morning sun. The ladies both seemed to enjoy it.
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.
Thought for the day: It’s always best to share.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The latest version of the “Small Person Step” has now been completed.
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 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!
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 🙂
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!
And finally the tank and all the connections were done – hooray!
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.
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.
In no time at all we were coming up to Braunston junction
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 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
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!