Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Beautiful day for a cruise.

0 Locks, 5.57 Miles. Now moored at Sutton Cheyney.

Last night John and Elizabeth (Nb Sarah Louise) took us out to the Rugger Tavern for a drink and a meal. We have been there before and last night we were again amazed at the standard of the Smorgasbord menu for as little as £3.50 each for a 3 course meal. A choice of 3 starters, 3 meats with 6 vegetables and 3 desserts. Nobody went home hungry that’s for sure. We had a very pleasant evening discussing our boating problems and experiences and comparing notes over our future plans. We are all in the same situation of, if and when to return to New Zealand because as things stand at present the exchange rate is in NZ’s favour, not ours. Still we both have another 12-18 month’s to think about it and see if the situation improves.

Today was too nice a day to be spent moored up and we wanted to test the electrical system with a heavy load namely the washing machine. We moved down through bridge 16 to wind and head back up the Ashby Canal.  As we progressed it became clear that a lot of other boaters had the same idea because we came across nearly a dozen boats on the move and the skippers obviously enjoying the sunshine.

As we passed Trinity Marina we found that Nb Mistral that had sunk recently has now been refloated and presumably the owners were on site busily trying to clean and dry out the boat. Not a five minute task.

I’m pleased to report that everything seems to be in order in the electrical department with the battery management unit functioning properly. Phew, that’s a relief.

Ashby canal 027 Sutton Cheyney Wharf with the trip boat.

2027 locks, 3964.61 miles, 76 tunnels, 130 swing bridges and 54 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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