Tuesday, 22 April 2008

They are back, Swallows I mean.

0 locks, 5½ miles, Now moored at Bridge 46 Grand Union

Having had a restful week-end at Stowehill it was time to hit the trail once more. First job as usual was fill the water tanks on both boats which took ages as there isn't much water pressure here. Eventually we got under way, although the weather was overcast with the sun breaking through occasionally. Along the way we saw our first Swallow of the year so Spring is definitely here.

Over the week-end we caught up with Dick and Jane on N/b The Chequered Flag who we have met at numerous places and found that they are very familiar with the Fens having been out there many times and originally living in Bedford. Dick very kindly loaned us his guide books to the fens and marked on our map where all the good moorings are, many of which don't appear in the guide books. He also told us where to moor for the supermarkets and various other hints and tips to make our visit more relaxing. They are heading out to the Fens mid May so we will catch up with them then and return their books before we leave the area. Thanks guys.

In the meantime we are still nursing the water pump on the Mikuni central heating unit along and hopefully it will hold out until the weather improves and I will be under less pressure should I strike any problems when I come to change the pumps over.

1070 locks, 1397½ miles, 41 Tunnels, 41 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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