Wednesday, January 02, 2008

I was just about ready to take Meg for her morning when a boat went past, and then pulled in in front of us. Carol and NB CORBIERE had finally caught up with us.

Carol and Corbiere
By the time we’d exchanged all the gossip and news, and Meg had had a belated walk, it was 12:30. Carol had arranged to meet her brother at Sutton Cheney Wharf, so that’s where we set off for.

There’s some very shallow sections around here, and I had trouble keeping up with Corbiere without creating a lot of wash, so we arrived at the wharf and the “Plastic Pontoon” about 10 minutes later. Just as 3 BW guys came along and told us that for Health and Safety reasons we could no longer use the mooring. It’s subsided on the bank side, and, with snow and ice forecast, they’ve decided to close it.
An added complication is that the local population of Water Voles have taken up residence under it, so it’s going to be a while before anything is done. Meanwhile it’s isolated from the bank with the more and more familiar yellow plastic tape, although there’s nothing on the waterside. I’m going to walk back and take some pics tomorrow.

As usual with hire bases in the off-season, Ashby Boats was cluttered with boats.
Anyway, we shoved off and travelled the 40 minutes up to the Battlefield moorings near Shenton Station. Carol was going to follow, but by the time they’d eaten in the café at the wharf, it was getting too dark to cruise, so, for Health and Safety reasons, she’s stayed put and will catch up tomorrow.

The day started quite mild, but an easterly wind sprang up in the afternoon, making it cold on the exposed stretches. It’s this wind that’s bringing in the white stuff in the next couple of days.

Stoke Golding Church and Sunbeam
Locks 0, miles 6

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