Thursday, 1 May 2008

What's that I spy, another boat?

4 locks, 7 miles, Now moored at Elton Lock on the River Nene

Last nights mooring must have been the quietest mooring spot we have found for a very, very long time. Even Derek on Kalimera commented that it was the best night's sleep he has had for a while. Well we were up and away early again to keep ahead of the rain forecast for early afternoon.

Narrowboats Gypsy Rover and Kalimera moored at Elton Lock

River is running faster over the weir at Elton since the heavy rain

Other than the abundance of churches and Rape seed crops along the course of the river there was not much to see today. The most spectacular church to date would have to be St Mary's and All Saints at Fotheringay where there are lovely moorings and a nightly charge of £3 or £1.50 short stay. We passed by today but will stop here overnight in a few weeks on our way back off the River Nene. There is also the old castle remains such as they are where reputably Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded in 1587.

I just can't resist photographing these lovely thatched cottages

The reason I mention Rape seed is because of a TV programme last night where third world countries are changing to crops for the production of bio-diesel. Instead of traditional food crops the farmers are growing these get rich quick crops for the oil industry and the countries inhabitants are starving. In Britain the same could be said with the Rape crops causing more grain crops to be imported pushing up the prices of basic food lines. What is the sense of it all especially when BP just reported a £7b profit last year.

To our surprise we actually passed 2 boats travelling in the opposite direction, the first we have seen for a couple of days since leaving Irthlingborough. We had no sooner moored up at about 11am when the rain arrived and we had about 2 hours of really heavy downpours. Looking along the bank it would appear that the river has risen slightly as some of the grass is now under water.

1121 locks, 1447 miles, 41 Tunnels, 41 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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