Thursday, March 06, 2008

We had a day moored up yesterday. Took advantage of the dry weather to clean up both inside and outside the boat. Carol continued with the preparation work on her boat, prior to repainting.

The dogs just enjoyed the day outside. It’s funny how 2 dogs so different get on so well.

Today started cold and frosty, but warmed up a bit later. Still a cool wind, though.

Frosty Tattenhill Lock.
Even the horses had their thermal vests on…
We had a steady run down to Willington, which was busy as usual. It’s a pleasant village, with good facilities, including a Chinese takeaway (which I’ve used) and an Indian (which Carol used last night, with Sonja visiting).

Busy Willington
On the way through Burton we stopped at Shobnall for a trip to Wickes for some bits and pieces for Carol. Not being able to resist a visit to a DIY shop I went along and came back with a new aerial. The old one’s dropping in bits and not very reliable. We’ll see how this performs.

After the shopping we dropped in to Jannel Cruisers for diesel. Carol sweet-talked them into letting us combine filling both boats so we could get the over 100 litre rate of 65p/lt instead of 70p. I was convinced that we’d need around 80 litres, having cruised for about 90 hours since the last fill at Wooton Wawen on the Stratford Canal, and Carol should easily have been able to take the other 20. I didn’t know whether to be pleased or annoyed when we could only get 60 litres in, and Carol only managed 15! Pleased because we’ve done a lot better than 1Lt/hour, annoyed because we had to pay the non-discounted rate of an extra 5p/litre!

There’s been more boats around today, a lot of them Canal Time cruisers out of Sawley.

On down through the wide locks to the end of the Trent and Mersey at Derwent Mouth tomorrow.

Locks 2, miles 7.

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