*****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.

I hope you will join me in my rambles and do please comment – I love to hear from and meet new people in blogland!

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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Almost home.

2.5 miles 21 locks in 3hrs 25 mins.
After a torrid nights sleep for us both, with no explanation as to why, we were drinking tea at 4.40 am. Breakfast was had at the Hatton locks café at 9 am to give us sustenance before setting off down the locks.
Last chance to see the Autumn colour at the top of the locks.
Having had a lovely cooked breakfast it was time to start working it off.
Goodbye to the café.

Down we go.
We had Narrow boat Independence with Lesley and John join us 6 locks down, which made life a lot easier for all of us.
There was plenty of water coming down the flight.
We really did have a lovely time with them both. They very kindly bought four bag of coal from us, which was nice. We said our "Goodbyes", as they were heading to the Cape of Good Hope for a meal.
We are now moored at Budbrooke junction, just a stones throw from the Saltisford Arm and our home mooring.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Hatton Country World and a cuppa.

After some lunch, we took a stroll along the main Hatton road to Hatton Country World. The last time we visited the place was in 2008, so we were looking to see what hand changed. The walk along the road can be a little dodgy, because there is no pavement and some cars did not want to give us a lot of room. One gentleman gave me the look, so I did exactly the same back. Feet were made before cars, so I was not about to be pushed into the hedgerow.
With it being Half-Term week, the place was very busy with families enjoying a day out and what better place to do it.
Something tells me Halloween is almost upon us.
It is Halloween Week and there are scary things and Pumpkins everywhere. They have a field full of Pumpkins, where families can go and chose their own Pumpkin and it looked popular.
We enjoyed a nice stroll around the outlets, before walking back down the road to the canal, where we decided to head for the Hatton Locks Café.
I know I am sorry yet another Autumn colour photograph. I am just in awe of the colours this year.
We had a pot of tea and a couple of Caramel Shortbreads and sat outside.
The last time we did this at the café, was almost two years ago, when Keith was recovering from his illness. I had said to him if we made it to the top, I would treat him to a cuppa. Wow those two years have flown by.
After enjoying a cuppa and watching the boats go down, we walked back to the boat, where the afternoon sun began to set.
With the clocks going back at the weekend, we will all be in darkness much earlier and Winter will be creeping ever closer.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Circular walk.

Hi Folks.

It has been our policy to get in as much walking as possible on this trip, especially as this part of the canal has been new to us. So after some lunch and a coffee, we locked the boat up and headed up to the road bridge, we turned left and headed up through Lapworth Village.
The village does have a few small shops if you should need to fill the cupboard or fridge. It is a spread out village, but never the less very pleasant.
The pavement came to an end and we had to walk up through this wooded glade, which was stunning with the Autumn colours.
We re-joined the canal at bridge 31 on the Stratford-On-Avon Canal.
Such a lovely easy walk.
Yet another lock.
Bridge 32, next to lock 7 and the superb lock cottage owned by Lesley and Keith.
We spent over an hour chatting to Lesley and Keith. Keith used to work for BW as C&RT was then and they have lived in this beautiful cottage for almost 43 years, so lots of tales to tell.
After what was a wonderful natter with Lesley and Keith, we went on our way down the locks.
It seems fishermen think that it is acceptable to fish off lock moorings still.
Approaching Kingswood Junction.
At the junction, we turned left.
Our circular walk ended at the Navigation pub, where we both felt we had earned a pint of Lapworth Gold.

Eventful Morning.

3.4 miles & 5 locks in 2hrs 25mins
Marmite was keeping watch this morning when I took Paddy out for his walk.

Eventful morning to say the least. We left our peaceful over night mooring at 9.20 am to start the decent of Knowle Locks.
It was such a still morning, there was not a breath of wind to be had. We stopped at the sanitary station to empty the cassette and get rid of rubbish, before I set the first two locks, which went fine.
We got through lock two, discovered that two hire boats who had come up the Knowle locks before us had managed to drain one of the pounds on the Knowle flight of locks, but it did expose the remains of one of the old narrow locks, which is normally hidden.
We then met a boat coming up through the bottom lock, who were lock virgins and it showed, so I gave them a swift lesson on how to work locks.The worrying thing was the woman told me they had bought the boat four days ago and they had almost burnt the boat down already, scary really.
Another stunning show of colours.
We passed the Black Buoy Inn which looks nice. We then met a Braunston hire boat, who well and truly clobbered us, they did nothing to try and avoid us. We are now moored opposite the The Navigation, Kingswood.

Monday, 24 October 2016

On to Knowle.

Hi Folks.

We are now moored in Knowle, having left our weekend mooring at a leisurely pace, with only a short distance to travel. We in fact travelled 2.85 miles, with no locks in 1hr 30mins. Having not done this bit of the cut before, we were not sure where the moorings were, and we ended up having to reverse back from Kenilworth Road Bridge No.71 quite a distance before it was deep enough to moor up.

Having moored up and done a few things, we locked the boat up and walked down the towpath to the road bridge, where we walked into Knowle.
We dropped into Stephen Goldsbrough Boats first, to see if we could book their dry dock for next year, as Hadar is due to be blacked but Ian who we needed to speak to was not there, so we will have to give him a ring.
Church of St. John the Baptist, St. Lawrence and St. Anne.
Knowle is described as a village, but it is a small town with shops, eating places etc.
Chester House, which is the Library dates back to Tudor times.
Behind the Library is this stunning little knot garden.
We had a lovely carvery lunch at this Toby Carvery and it was most definitely nicer than the meal we had yesterday at the Chef and Brewer. The meal was washed down with a pint of course. Two roasts in two days, we really have pushed the boat out this trip. But why not, it is not as though we spend a lot of money on anything else.
Before we went back to the boat, we walked down the Knowle Locks to have a look at what we would be coming down. The locks are really rather lovely and well looked after. Whilst walking we spotted a Kingfisher going about its business, so once back at the boat I went out with my bigger camera and tried to take a few photographs, which is easier said than done, when they are such a nervous bird.
I did get a few snaps.
Success it had caught its lunch.
The Seagulls were in good voice on the lock gates.
Our wildlife never ceases to make me smile.



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