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.

Friday, 20 May 2011

British Weather

Friday 20th May 2011
Fazeley to Atherstone
10.5 Miles, 13 Locks.

Sunny start this morning so on with the shorts, by lunch time it was back to trousers and fleece jacket, as it clouded over the wind turned very cold.

We are now moored on the 48 hour visitor moorings above Atherstone top Lock, we did not have an easy trip up the 11 Atherstone Locks as most of them were set against us and only 2 boats coming down.  

Leaving Atherstone top Lock always a good sight, the gate is being closed by a crew member from a following boat

At Polesworth we passed Narrowboat Hadar who was recently featured in a BBC 4 programme "The Golden Age of Canals".

Moored below Atherstone Bottom Lock we passed Historic Narrowboat Sickle, the owner has compiled an interesting website detailing the History, Rescuing and restoring of the boat.

So much effort goes into restoring and maintaining a boat like this.

Tomorrow we have a long run without a Lock for 4 hours so I can get going leaving Jayne in bed.

3 comments:

Brian and Diana on NB Harnser http://nbharnser.blogspot.com said...

The owner of Sickle also runs a blog
http://sickleandchalice.blogspot.com/

Adam said...

The Sickle website is the previous owner; the blog mentioned by Brian is by the new owners.

Alan said...

Almost correct!

The Sickle web-site is in fact owned by the one from previous owner, who had already sold Sickle on.

It's next owner only kept it a few weeks before putting it up for sale.

We are the proud new owners, but the credit for saving Sickle and restoring it to such a high standard really must go to the family who fought like mad to get it, and then spent years on the restoration.

http://sickleandchalice.blogspot.com/ will chronicle our life with Sickle, alongside our more modern boat Chalice.