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.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

A Bit Of Sun.

Wednesday 13th June 2012.
Nether Heyford to Norton Junction.
6.25 Miles and 7 Locks.

We set of quite early today in glorious sunshine expecting to find a queue at Buckby bottom lock but found nothing, not even a boat on the visitor moorings opposite the Marina.

Two boats had gone up 10 minutes earlier which I saw through the Binoculars, the Canal is straight for half a mile as you approach the bottom lock, so with nothing behind we went up the lock on our own, at the second lock we met a volunteer lockie and another at the third lock.

The online news site Narrowboat world (or should that be Negativeboat world) seems to have a bit of a downer on the volunteer lock keeper system, we think it's working well and will get better, all the volunteers we've come across know what their doing and are very helpful. 

We're now moored on the visitor moorings between Buckby top lock and Norton Junction, when we arrived the moorings were completely empty, we've spent the afternoon cleaning, hoovering and the washing machine's been on.

Entering Buckby top lock, always a welcome sight, 
this flight of seven locks is hard work.

We always try and time using Buckby top lock so that we go through before noon, that's when the pub opens and on a sunny day there's plenty of Gongoozlers sitting outside.

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