Sunday, 7 December 2014

On the move again

I arrived back at the boat on Monday 24th November, I think James had enjoyed his time home alone a bit too much! I had a couple of weeks part time work in Rugby so we stayed at Brownsover for the rest of the week, it was so handy for a stroll to the offices near the railway station. 

Moored at Brownsover, near Rugby
Saturday 29th November and we headed off for a weekend in Hillmorton, we winded at the bottom of the locks and moored up on the visitors moorings shortly after. It was very quiet, only two other boats there Saturday night. I had a walk up to Post Office to post a couple more pens and James was busy with his lathe out on the towpath turning a few more. (Details of the pen venture to follow). 

Lovely day in Hillmorton
After a Sunday roast chicken lunch (it's still very exciting to be cooking in my oven, sad I know) we headed off back to Rugby as I still had a week of work there.

On Friday afternoon we had a lovely visit from Dave and Allison (Free Spirit) and we all enjoyed James' bakewell tart and mince pies. 

Yesterday we were on the move again and left Rugby, it was cold and frosty as we left at around 8:30am. 

Just before Newbold there was a bit of very thin ice forming on the canal with a bit more just outside Brinklow Marina. On the approach to All Oaks Wood the ice was across the canal and a bit thicker, but it was at its worst on the approach to Hawkesbury Junction as we passed by Coventry Cruising Club. We arrived at Hawkesbury Junction around 2pm after a really pleasant wintery cruise.

Passing Lime Farm Marina

The ice just passed Brinklow Marina

Heading towards All Oaks Wood and a bit more ice

After we cut a passage through the ice

Moored up just before Sutton Stop Lock at Hawkesbury Junction

19 miles
Total 546 miles and 376 locks

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