Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Wash Day Cruise.

0 Locks, 2½ Miles. Now moored near bridge 69.

Yesterday saw a complete change at Brownsover where it went from being empty except for 2 boats to becoming full by mid afternoon. There were quite a lot of hire boats among the arrivals.

This morning we decided to head off to Hillmorton again for water and do some washing along the way. The day turned out to be a real cracker with the sun finally breaking through. After we winded below the Hillmorton locks we stopped for water and then moved up to our present mooring which is about 300 yards South of the bridge.

After mooring we spotted an agricultural contractor spraying the fields opposite so we closed the windows on that side of the boat in case of spray drift. As it happened the drift was away from us but we could still smell it. After lunch we took advantage of the sunshine and went for a walk into Hillmorton via the Kent road. At the main road we headed south to the church by Hillmorton locks, through the church yard back to the towpath at the locks and then along the towpath back to the boat. Being a housing state there wasn't much of interest except for sighting a nicely restored Morris Oxford with the same body style as the Morris Minor, 1950's era. I hadn't seen one of these for a long time.

1587 locks, 3322 miles, 53 Tunnels, 43 swing bridges and 39 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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