Monday, December 17, 2007

We’ve had a cold weekend, not much sun so the temperature has not got much above 4 or 5 degrees, with hard frosts overnight.
No change for today either. The canal was iced over again, so we waited till 11:00, by which time a couple of boats had gone past, breaking up the surface.

We headed off, towards Nuneaton and then to Hawkesbury. BW (or contractors) were busy cutting back trees and bushes on both sides of the channel.

Tree Cutting

Springwood Haven is an attractively set marina and boatbuilder, just north of Nuneaton.

While we were chugging along, with the prop chopping the bigger lumps of ice into gin and tonic sized bits, I pondered how the ducks and swans manage to keep their bums warm whilst paddling about in water at around freezing point. They must have extremely good feathers underneath!

Ducks On Ice.

We saw 2 or 3 other boats moving today, about right for the time of year.

We stopped about ½ a mile before Hawkesbury Junction, I was glad to pull over as a very cold Northerly has sprung up since lunchtime.

Locks 0, miles 8½.

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