Thursday, 31 January 2008

Changing face of Rugby

0 locks and 1 mile. Now moored opposite Brownsover Park, Rugby

This morning we cruised up to the Rugby Arm to wind in preparation for our move down to Clifton cruisers tomorrow morning. It's amazing what you can see this time of the year with all the tree's being bare of vegetation. One warehouse we passed had 60 vans parked behind it belonging to Sky Television. They were all gayly painted and sign written with cartoon caricatures. Probably awaiting distribution around the country.

We moored up on the towpath side opposite where we had been moored earlier in front of n/b Dame Kiri. With a name like this we thought they had to be Kiwi's but upon investigation it turned out that Paul is an avid fan of the famous New Zealand diva, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.


Not long after we had moored up we spotted a gentleman in a hi-viz jacket alongside our boat with a hand held computer which it turned out to be a BW worker checking up on the boats on his patch. As we are all legit and above board we have nothing to worry about but it's good to see BW are on the ball and getting to grips with overstayer's and licencing.

As it was another fabulous day weather wise we walked into Halfords, Homebase and Tesco's and along the way we checked out the development taking place alongside us. The old industrial site is being developed into a housing area with 2 bedroom apartments and 3/4/5 bedroom houses. The earth works that are being carried out are huge with tonnes of top soil being dug out and a crusher plant producing tonnes of base coarse to replace it all for a firm foundation. Watch this space as they say.

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893 locks, 1211½ miles, 35 Tunnels, 40 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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