Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Hawkesbury Junction.

0 Locks, 8.90 Miles. Now moored north of Hawkesbury Junction.

With the weather forecast for the next 5 days not looking too brilliant we opted to push on to our present location. First job was to top up the water tank at the BW yard at Hartshill.

Hawkesbury 003 Beautiful displays of Poppies like these seem common place this year.

There were no surprises with the amount of boats on the move except for 1 Rose Narrowboat hire boat. They were travelling so fast we saw the wash they were kicking up before we saw them. As we passed each other they had slowed down and I commented that the speed limit was 4mph. There was a bit of banter back and forth and then we were present with Churchills salute in reverse from a middle aged woman who will never make a lady as long as her a*** points downwards.

Hawkesbury 001 TV on the towpath near Nuneaton miles from any road. It was either carried a long way or off a boat.

A quick stop at Springwood Haven Marina for a pump out and some nic nacs including a new mooring chain to replace a mooring hook that mysteriously disappeared from our front cratch at Atherstone.  As we passed under the last bridge before Hawkesbury Junction we decided it would be wise to grab the first mooring available. Ahead of us was a boat also preparing to moor up which I recognised by the cap the skipper was wearing as Paul and Lyn on Nb Piston Broke who we had planned to meet up with for a bite and a pint.  How was that for timing?

Hawkesbury 004 No, not a NZ State house but probably a council house in Nuneaton. You can see where the New Zealand design came from.

After mooring up bow to bow we wandered down to The Greyhound pub for a Ploughman’s lunch washed down with an ale. Back at the boats it was time to sort out the TV reception with the high hedgerow interfering with the satellite reception but we now have a reasonable picture.

Hawkesbury 005 Watch out for the giant Green Monkey.

2232 locks, 4295.10 miles, 91 tunnels, 131 swing bridges and 58 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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