Tuesday, January 22, 2008

We postponed our departure from the Ashby till today. Yesterday was very windy and it would have been hard work to hold the boat in the channel.

Iain and Alison on NB Gosty Hill gave us a wave as they headed up the canal in the afternoon, so I flagged them down and topped up our solid fuel stocks. But I finished up getting wet up to the crotch as I slipped off the bank at the front of the boat, rushing to help them tie up alongside. Ah well, it’s been a while since I fell in so I guess it was due. And, statistically, yesterday was the unluckiest day of the year.

Tried to get a shot of this swan taking off, but he was airborne by the time the camera was ready. I’m always fascinated by the amount of effort required for them to get off the water.

An hour and a quarter took us to Marston Junction and a left turn onto the Coventry Canal.

Bridge 2 on the Ashby Canal

Contractors were towpath trimming on the Coventry….

And further along they were engaged in towpath repairs.

Down to Hawkesbury Junction were we “used the facilities”, then negotiated the hard left turn into the stop lock onto to the Oxford Canal, and moored about 50 yards along.

Stop Lock onto the Oxford Canal. This was known to the boaters as “Sutton Stop”, named for the first lock keeper based here.

Moored Just Up From the Junction.

So after spending nearly 5 weeks on the Ashby, today we’ve been on 3 different canals in the space of 3 hours!

The weather has been kind today, cool but dry and the wind has dropped.

Locks 1, Miles 5¼

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