Today we moved from our mooring opposite the shops to another close to the entrance from the canal.
C&RT have had to extend the stoppages that caused us to come into Barton Marina in the first place. More repairs to the brickwork are required than originally thought. Barton and Tattenhill Locks will not be open now till the 19th, rather than the 15th. Pretty irrelevant to us now, but it will affect those still on the canal.
Talking of those still “out there”, this week’s forecast will have continuous cruisers heading for moorings where there’s access to facilities. With sub-zero overnight temperatures every night till Friday, there’s a very good chance of ice on the canal.
Our friends and regular winter companions will be among those looking for good moorings, while we’re snug with water and electricity available, solid fuel and loo emptying just a stone’s throw away. Where would we rather be? Out there, of course!
Missing all you guys! Chas and Ann, George and Carol, Sue and Vic. Not forgetting the canines, big Molly, little Molly, Meg and Penny. Take care.
I took advantage of the reasonable weather over the last few days to get the right side gunwale rubbed down and recoated with gloss black. It was a bit of a rush job, usually it would take the best part of a week to do a proper job, scraping out and treating any rust spots, then building up layers of primer to level the surface before hand flatting and applying two coats of gloss, levelled off by brush. All to leave on locksides….. Still, it looks good for the first few hundred yards.
This time it was a rub down, treat the rusty spots then slap a heavy coat of B&Q non-drip gloss on by roller. It looks OK from 20 feet away…
Now we’ve moved over to Pier 1 the left side of the boat is against the pontoon, so I can tackle that, now.
I’ve got to find things to do. We’ve been here a week and I’m already feeling the strain! This afternoon I’ve made mince pies, jam tarts and a loaf of bread. Gotta keep busy.
Locks 0, miles 0, but about 400 yards….