Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hanging around Foxton….

Our Tesco delivery arrived on schedule yesterday. Well, almost all of it. Half way through placing the order I lost the internet connection (it’s been pretty slow around here anyway), and when I got back on I managed to put the dog food on a different order, to be delivered up in Yorkshire! It’s a good job I didn’t confirm it, George and Christine would have been surprised to receive a couple of dozen cans of Pedigree Chum and a box of Shapes. They haven’t got a dog!
The upshot was I had to cancel that order, and place another for delivery tomorrow.

Where’s this lot goin’ to go, then?

It’s amazing how we always seem to get it away, somewhere.

I’ve also been in touch with a local(ish) coal merchant, who’ll deliver to Black Horse Bridge tomorrow as well. So all’s well that ends well.

Being as we’re here moored next to Sue and Vic on No Problem, we’ve joined Sue, Lucy and Meg II on their long walks around the surrounding countryside. Sue has one of these GPS thingies, so it’s (almost) impossible to get lost. I’m so impressed, in fact, that I got one myself off Ebay at the weekend. But I’ll have to wait till the end of the month to have a play, as it’s being delivered to Dad’s.

The canal is very quiet, hardly a moving boat to be seen, so it was just our luck that a returning Canaltime boat wanted to go through the new swing bridge just as we arrived to cross.

Waiting for the swing bridge.
One of the pulleywheels from the top of the inclined plane, now an exhibit near the visitors car park.
Over the fields
Some of the sheep can be quite territorial…..
Tomorrow we head towards Foxton, just ½ mile or so, for our deliveries, then we’re turning round and chugging up the arm to Union Wharf and Market Harborough again. Plan is to overnight there, then come back down to find No Problem for the weekend. Then next week to head up the locks on to the summit for a spell. A lot depends on the weather, of course. We can’t go further south than Watford Locks as they’re closed for maintenance as part of the Winter Stoppage Program.

Locks 0, miles 3

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