Thursday, February 26, 2009
Then we went out in the afternoon to try and find those windlasses we saw on our walk....and hey presto we have two spares now. Busy Busy Busy!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
We then made our way back and popped into the Chandrey at Wilton Marina and got ourselves a chimney cleaning brush, oil and filter and some rope for side fenders.
Coming back up through the locks we saw a very colourful and unusual bird. It turned out to be a male Mandarin, which we had never seen before in all our travels on the waterways. It was such a pretty bird, which had bright orange wings which poked up like sails. It was having a go at all the ducks around it.
We also spotted a couple of windlass in the empty canal, so we will be poping back there tomorrow to try and pick them up with the sea searcher.
Football's on again tonight so best stay put.......and Oh Al's just broke a glass so we might be back to the shops again tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
But to be fair to BW they were working hard to get everything up and running.
We have all been to Norton Junction, but who has been to Norton village.....Well we did today, it is a pretty little village with no shops but has got a nice pub (The White Horse). The bus service goes to Daventry but it is only two miles up the road and you could walk it.
Well the Pancakes are ready so get out the sugar and lemon, put on the football and get fat for a night...Yum Yum!
Monday, February 23, 2009
While this was happening Derwent6 got a complete wax polish.
When this was done the bike came out the cupboard and we posted some letters at Long Buckby Whalf.
We then decided, (because we had given the waste tank a pounding) we would have a proper pump out. By proper we mean a good rinse out. So we moved Derwent6 back to Weltonfield marina and got there just in time before they closed. There was another boat getting diesel so we had to wait, but they still didn't mind hanging behind to do our pump out.
We then found a nice spot and moored up for the night.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
We went over to The New Inn pub for a bit of Sunday Lunch, but were disappointed when we went to order dessert to find that the chef had gone home. Oh well! we thought, it may help the waist line and do us good.......
When we got back Moley was exhausted and we didn't get a peep out of her. We chilled out in the afternoon catching up with all the gossip and Al did a nice Sunday tea. Another lovely Day!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for coming Guys!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
We then made our way up to Braunston and the tunnel. With it being half term week this section was so busy. We followed five other boats and passed six, but it made it very interesting. We had some fun in the tunnel which is over a mile long, we passed another four boats and the last one decided to ram Derwent6 by steering down the centre of the tunnel and not giving us enough room to pass, we were nearly stationary. They must pay more licence fee than we do because he definately felt he had the right of way. Still on checking....no damage done.
We got back up to Norton Junction and reversed back up to the water point. Len & Terry unloaded their stuff and after another meal in the nearby Chef and Brewer they made their way home. Thanks both for a lovely week......
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
We set of through Brunston tunnel avoiding the landslide and then down through the locks. We were then looking for a place to moor down by the pub and who should stick his head out the side hatch, but Les from n.b. Valerie. (http://boatlife.blogspot.com/ ). He very kindly moved back slightly so we could get in right outside the pub. We then chilled out with wine and nibbles and went over to the pub for a evening meal where Les came and joined us...a lovely evening.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
So that was it, we were now all tanked up and ready to go anywhere.....
We got to the junction at Norton and then reversed up, through all the British Waterways boats, to the lock so we could get some more washing done. You could see that they were getting on with the locks at Buckby, and the canal did look strange without water. We sat down and had something to eat and then made our way up to the pub, The New Inn, for a few pints of Frog island (yes we're now trying all the real ales) We left the pub half p***ed so couldn't blog last night....Well what do you expect we've been dry for 18 days.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
At last we should be on the move tomorrow as we need to get to a water point to take on water and get some washing done (Del's running out of pants) Let hope it doesn''t freeze tonight.