No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Busy Braunston

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June 2010
Norton Junction to Middle of Nowhere
5 1/2 Miles 6 Locks

The weather on Saturday morning was dry but with a cold wind, we topped up the water tank at the British Waterway facilities by Buckby top lock and headed off towards Braunston, into the Tunnel where we didn't meet a boat coming in the opposite direction until we were 3/4 of the way through, it was a hireboat who gave us a gentle whack but no damage done, out into the day light again and the first of today's locks, fortunately there was a lot of boats coming up the locks which made things easier for us going in the opposite direction as they leave the lock gates open for us.
At Braunston bottom lock there is a small shop that sells gifts and Canalware they also bake and sell Organic bread, Jayne popped in to see if there was any left and came back with a Wholemeal Batch loaf which we planned to have for lunch.
Braunston was packed as it always is at the weekend so we carried on to the Junction and turned left towards Napton and moored after about 2 miles in the middle of nowhere, no roads or railways, complete peace and Quiet, it went cold in the evening, cold enough for us to have the central heating on for an hour or so.
Sunday dawned much better, blue sky and sun, as we were running a little low on supplies and with the lack of shops close enough to the canal for Jayne to get access to due to her MS we decided to spend a night in Wigrams Turn Marina and arrange a Tesco delivery.

A visitor for us at Wigrams

This afternoon after we had moored up I had the engine covers up and refilled the Stern tube greaser (Boaters will know what I mean) whilst I had the covers up I decided to remove the weed hatch which gives access to the propeller, although the boat was going well it's always worth checking, so I were quite surprised to find a load of rubbish around the Propeller.

Rubbish removed from the propeller of No Direction

On closer examination the majority of the rubbish was a Tee shirt with the name Yves Saint Lauren on the front.

So if anyone knows this bloke tell him his shirt is in the bin and I would like to talk to him, about how it ended up around our Propeller.
Tomorrow after the delivery will move back towards Braunston.

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