*****Is going there and back to see how far it is.*****

Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.

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Friday, 30 September 2016

Hillmorton to near Charity Dock, near Bedworth.

Hi Folks.

Another fabulous day weather and cruising wise.

The back cabin stove was lit first thing to get the heat up ready for me to cook dinner and to boil the kettle for our first coffee of the day.
We left our over night mooring at 8.50 am to head for the top lock at Hillmorton, where Andrew the volunteer lock keeper was on duty.
We had a nice chat and he was very helpful.
Lock 5 was due to be re-opened after repairs.
At the bottom lock, volunteers were setting up a Macmillan Coffee morning with cake, which could be purchased for a donation. I bought two pieces of bread cake, which would be consumed along the way. I hope they did well. Apparently last year they made over £200.
We arrived at Clifton Cruisers to find a canal jam. It seems the gentleman ahead had moored there over night only to wake up this morning to find he was blocking the canal, because some of the holiday boats had come in whilst he was sleeping and had moored up. So he had to swiftly move his boat.
We were surprised to see the offside visitor moorings in Rugby completely empty and there were only four boats on the towpath side.
Not a good look. The Rose Narrowboats day boat were getting in a real pickle. They were on the wrong side of the cut when we met them, so the steerer panicked and slammed the boat into forward, hitting the towpath bank. it then bounced off, did a pirouette and then slammed into the offside bank. I think they were in for an adventurous day.
Sad to see the building next to the stop lock at Hawkesbury Junction has fallen or been knocked down.
Time to make the turn.
One day we will drink in the Greyhound.

Our cruising day ended at 3.20 pm, when we moored up near Charity Dock, Bedworth.



Thursday, 29 September 2016

Long Itchington to Hillmorton Locks.

Hi Folks.

Last night I was so tired, I was in bed by 9.30 am. I did wake in the night, but we did not get up until 8.30 am, which is late for us.
We left our overnight mooring at 9.25 am and set up through the locks at Long Itchington.
We reached the Stockton Flight and there was no other boat insight to share with, so we were on our own. Luckily all the locks bar the top one were in our favour.
I got to take Hadar through my first double lock, which Keith worked the lock for me.
I am getting more confident with handling Hadar through locks, which is exciting.
We pressed on to Calcutt Locks, where we met Chris who was out with Peggy the RYA training boat. Chris is normally in charge of steam boat Adamant and comes to the Saltisford Heritage Weekend. We made Napton Junction at 12.25 pm. Lunch was eaten on the move. We had neated Sausage rolls and homemade Victoria Sandwich.
On the way towards Braunston we passed Trevor Maggs on Corona, who was on his way to Banbury.

We arrived at Braunston Junction at 2 pm.
Cute moment.
Our cruising day ended at the top of Hillmorton Locks, where we tied up at 4.20 pm. It has been a fantastic day, with lots of boats on the move in the warm Autumn sunshine.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

On the move again.

Warwick to Long Itchington.

All sorted and ready to go we were. Nothing left to put on the boat and so we said "Goodbye" to our mooring at 9.30 am this morning.
We stopped at Cape Locks to unload 10 bags of coal for a customer, who met us at the locks in him van. Coal delivered we set off down Cape Locks with Narrow boat Jameson (Irish Whiskey). It made a wonderful change to share. Jameson is a charter narrow boat. The couple who own the boat crew it and the paying visitors enjoy the break for however long they are on board.
The lock gates at Cape Locks need some gardening work done on them I reckon.
We had no idea how far we would go, but because the weather was warm and sunny and the company great we kept going.
We ended up sharing all the locks to Long Itchington, where we parted company with Jameson, who wanted to fill up with water.
Our mooring for the night.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Almost there.

Hi Folks.

As I sit and type this post, the stove has been lit because it is chilly and damp out. The kettle is now humming and we are now snug for the evening.

I am now getting ready to head off into the wide blue yonder for a month. With going cruising comes the list of things to do before we head off. On my list this week has been getting the flu jab, this was done this morning for £8.95 at Mellors Chemist. We always pay to have the flu jab, because we like to be covered with Winter coming on. Since having the flu jab, I have not suffered with Bronchitis, which is a huge bonus. Flu jab done, it was back to the boat to cook a Chicken curry lunch with special rice. I can tell you now it was scrummy and all homemade. After lunch Keith and I got on with finishing the changes to our generator. Yesterday we thought we had completed the job, only to find we had leaks on some of our old joints, so this morning Keith went off to Screwfix on the bus using his buss pass to get new joints. We spent most of the afternoon changing the joints, filling the system and then bleeding the air out of it. Finally we were able to run the generator and hey presto the new system appears to work, which of course made us both happy. Working on a boat never ever goes according to plan and every job always takes longer than expected. Still the job is now done and fingers crossed we will have no further problems.
Further things on my list include doing a wash tomorrow.
Filling the water tank.
Emptying the loo.
Getting rid of rubbish.
Fill back cabin coal box with house coal.
Tomorrow we have a food delivery coming from Mr Tesco, so we will have a full fridge and cupboard for a couple of weeks.
Things to put in the hold will include hosepipe, trolley for cassette.
We also need fenders, life ring, shears (for long grass) and I know the list will get longer.
Whilst Keith and I were getting busy, Marmite was snoozing on the top of the hob. I had used the cooker to cook lunch and so the hob was nice and warm, so Marmite thought she should make good use of the heat.
She always looks so peaceful. Paddy was also asleep. It is definitely a pets life on our boat.
So we are almost there. It is hoped that we will be setting on Wednesday because we have coal to deliver on the way.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Busy day.

Hi Folks.

It has been a busy old day.
This morning I donned my Saltisford t-shirt. Gathered my tools and set off into the Sensory garden to get on with pruning and cutting back ready for the Winter.
Before I got on with the cutting back, I wanted to put a felt roof on our bug hotel.
It still needs more items added, but already there are some large spiders housed in amongst the logs.
Next we turned our attention to the Sensory Garden. We had a shredder in so we made the most of it by cutting everything back.
It all looks nice and tidy ready for the onslaught of Winter, which will eventually arrive and with us going out again, I need not worry about doing it when I get back.
With the weather having been moist and warm, we have been treated to some lovely Fungi in the Arm.
Some of it very colourful.
Small is also beautiful.
All shapes and sizes.

We have been doing more work on our own garden, because I wanted to increase our pebbled area and add some grasses and alpines.
We still need to add more stones, but so far we are pleased with our efforts.
The Strawberry patch has been getting a makeover. I am getting rid of the old plants and putting in some of the runners, which will be the strawberry plants for next year. We have had quite a few Strawberries off our few plants this year and look forward to more sweet delights next year.
After lunch Keith got on with sorting the generator out and all being well it should be finished tomorrow. We will then need to run it, to see if it works alright.
It has been an enjoyable day all in all.



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