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.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Wet and Miserable

Sat/Sun/Mon 25/26/27th September 2010
Buckby Top Lock to High House Wharf
6.2 Miles 7 Locks.

Saturday.     This morning was cold but bright as we filled the water tank, it didn't take long, we were then ready to go.  One of the top gates at Buckby top lock was already open so Jayne walked the short distance with her Lock windlass, the boat moored behind asked if we would mind them sharing, which was good as 2 Narrowboats in a wide lock are easy to control where just 1 moves around.

Whilton Bottom Lock, solid engineering.

At the last of the 7 locks outside Whilton Chandlery I made use of the recycling bins for newspaper and glass, leaving the lock I had trouble getting Jayne back onboard due to a boater who thought it was a good idea to tie up on the lock moorings.

Thank's Mate.

We carried on to our planned mooring opposite the the touring Caravan field just before High House Wharf, there were 3 boats already there so we are not the only one's who think it' a good place to moor.

Sunday.   I cycled into Nether Heyford for a newspaper this morning, they have a One Stop shop there which is open 6am till 10pm every day.
We had a late Breakfast, after the washing up was done the inside of the windows got a good clean along with the Shower. I also got the fire ready as we think we will need to light it soon, fortunately we have plenty of coal on board, for the last couple of weeks I have been checking for fallen trees along the Canal which we could log up, nothing so far but the chainsaws ready to go, problem is we are not the only one's looking !!.

The Cheese Boat came past in the afternoon heading for the Village at War, the trade boats have a choice next weekend with the event at Stoke Bruerne and the Banbury Canal Day.

Jayne keeps herself busy knitting, and, according to other knitters is very good at it, this summer she has been busy knitting children's hats and coats, these are then sent/taken to my Mother and Aunt who live in the same small village near Shrewsbury and sold to raise funds for the Lingen Davies Cancer Relief Fund at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital 

The next consignment awaiting delivery.

Monday.  What a horrible day, light rain dull and miserable, we are fortunate that we don't have to move, we can wait until tomorrow when the forecast is better, the boaters that are on holiday or weekenders are not so lucky and have to stand on the back of the boat steering and operating Locks in all conditions, we always wave as they pass. 

We are looking forward to tomorrows journey, 10 miles, no Locks and the Blisworth Tunnel, emerging into one of the best Canal Villages on the Waterways.

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