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.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Ready for the Rain.

Wednesday/Thursday 15/16th June 2011.
Buckby top Lock to the Oxford Canal.
8 Miles, 6 Locks and 1 Tunnel.

Wednesday morning we moved up the last lock of the Buckby flight and slotted in on the first visitor mooring just past the water point, the Tesco delivery which was scheduled between 3 and 5 o'clock, arrived on time and was quickly passed through the side doors and stowed. The evening was spent in the New Inn with our friends Pete and Val who drove over from Sutton Coldfield, the pub was the busiest I have ever seen it mainly due to all the hireboats around, they were moored on the water point and the lock moorings.

Thursday.   With the weather forecast to turn wet we decided to move today rather than Friday as was the previous plan, so after the hireboats departed we moved back and topped up with water.

Light rain started as we headed for the Braunston Tunnel but the sun was shining when we emerged at the other end, as we came out of the Tunnel we met Dave Ford and his wife on their Narrowboat "Y Knot " who were heading for London and the Thames, Dave worked on our boat when it was being fitted out, mainly the wiring and plumbing and a good job he did too.

We stopped at the Bottom lock to get a fresh baked organic loaf from The Boat Shop however as it was being passed across the boat sharing the lock with us gravity took over and it ended up in the water, so it was back into the shop for another loaf and the ducks can have the wet one.

Jayne hangs on tight to the second loaf.

We cruised through Braunston which wasn't as busy as we expected and turned left onto the Oxford canal mooring between bridge 102 and 103 where we will sit out the forecasted rain over the weekend.

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