Friday, 29 May 2009

Canada Calling.

3 Locks, 5 Miles, 1 lift bridge. Now moored below Etruria staircase locks.

All the boats are starting to arrive for this weekends festival at Etruria Junction

The day started off overcast but warm as we set off. Quite a few boats heading up the Caldon and it wasn’t until we reached the staircase locks that we met up with a backlog of boats. There were two coming up the flight and we made number 3 waiting to go down.

Things are starting to get busy around Etruria basin as boats,caravans and motor homes have started to arrive for this week-ends festival.The weather forecast is promising a fine week-end so it looks like it could be real buzz around here. Having just returned from a wee stroll around the site there isn’t a spare mooring around. Boats by the museum have already been breasted up and a couple of moorings have been closed for the week-end for a fishing display and a boat display. The nearest moorings are out on the main line or back at Hanley Park.

Now we have had an interesting email from a couple in Canada who would like to do a holiday swap with their 27ft motor home based near the Rocky Mountains for a narrowboat. Unfortunately we are unable to help although we would love to. If there are any narrowboat owners out there interested send us an email and we will pass it on.

We finally had success yesterday with making a doctors appointment in Rugby so have had fun working out the cheapest train fare to get there. Surprising how well things work out when you persevere.

A big welcome to the narrowboat bloggers family to our friends Mike and Denise on Nb Densie hopefully we will catch up with them soon as we all travel northwards.

1658 locks, 3487 miles, 61 Tunnels, 45 swing bridges and 47 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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