Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Au Revoir Christina and Derek.

1 Lock, 14 Miles, 1 Tunnel. Now moored at Brownsover Park.
598 locks, 796 miles, 22 Tunnels, 37 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

Yesterday was another lazy day with only a few chores done. At 7am we motored up to Bedworth Hill bridge and winded the boat and returned to our original mooring ready for Tuesday morning. Later I polished some brass and Dot and Christina went for a walk into Bedworth.

This morning we said our farewells to Derek and Christina on n/b Kalimera who set off early to get up to the Atherstone flight. There was a difference of opinion as to whether they would be dealt with today or tomorrow. They are heading off to their winter quarters to get some painting done before the weather changes.

We set off about 8.30am with the first stop being the water point just before the junction as Dot was planning on catching up with some washing. Moored on the other side of the junction was the diesel boat Gosty Hill so we pulled alongside and filled up ready for the long haul south. We only took 38 litres but at 50p per litre you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

The trip down to Rugby was marred by being rammed by a day boat propelled by a complete novice who either had been given no instructions or he only understood Hindi. I hope his car driving skills are better than his boating skills.

There were many boats heading north including Tui Mk3 (? another New Zealand boat) presumably the past owner of N/b Tui now owned by John ( a friend of Les on N/b Valerie) seen here near Hawkesbury junction. I don’t know if the succession of boats was heading home from the IWA festival at St Ives or they were heading up to the Ashby for their festival week-end, perhaps both. Majority of them were private boats, only a few hire boats.

Once we had moored up at Brownsover Park it was off to Tesco’s for a week’s supply of groceries as the next convenient supermarket won’t be until Milton Keynes.

I had to set too and defrost the freezer box before we could the meat and ice cream away as it was badly iced up and the door wasn’t shutting properly.

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