Sunday, 15 January 2017

Heading South

 

IMG_0677We had a late start from Braunston pulling pins at 10.15 and soon passed this poor old boat which is now probably not worth the effort of restoring  . We always enjoy the run from Braunston to Napton as its a good two and a half hours with no locks and a great bit of countryside to cruise through.

IMG_0682What's the betting that when we come back this way in a few weeks this boat will be sat on the bottom.. Watch this space.

IMG_0690I think this is a very good idea for storing all your coal ,wood and tools and wouldn’t it make a great workshop. Although Carolyn thinks it would make a great boat for me to live on while she has all of Inca to enjoy by herself.

IMG_0697After filling with water and getting shot of waste we headed up the Napton flight of locks. After going up the first lock we came across this sunken boat. With no name and no sign of a licence no doubt it will be us law abiding boaters who will have to stump through our licence fee to get it removed.

IMG_0700Curly yet again taking over from Carolyn and locking Inca up through the flight. We ended up with Carolyn going ahead to set the next lock while Curly with a little bit of help locked us up to the top.

IMG_0703Being an ex Motor Mechanic I’m always interested to see what cars they have at the top of the flight at Marston Doles. I’m not sure if the guy is a collector or he buys and sells ,but there is usually a good selection of older desirable cars on site.

IMG_0716We had always intended to stop at Marston Doles but didn’t realise that the moorings here were designated Winter moorings. Luckily there was no one on the end mooring and as the rules say if the mooring is empty then you are welcome to use it. If we were to pay for this mooring it would have cost us £6.50 a meter a month and at 18 meters long I think we will carry on continuously cruising ,or for a few quid more go in to a marina where you have full facilities.

 

 

With cold weather predicted and a need to be close to a road for our daughter Chloe to come and pick up Curly this will do us for a couple of days.

 

                                                                                                          Happy Days

Friday, 13 January 2017

Happy 91st Birthday !

 

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Today our number one ships dog Hamish the Westie is 91 years old . Well he would be if he was a human. In fact he is 13 years old and is still as fit as a butchers dog. Needless to say he has been spoilt rotten and had a brilliant day ,chewing bones having a long walk and sleeping the day away. Cheers Hamish !!

 

                                                                                                            Happy Days

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Party time

 

IMG_0607The best thing about living afloat and continously cruising is when you meet up with friends on the cut. It can sometimes be many months and sometimes even years before we ever see each other. .Fortunately on this occasion we have been able to meet up with NB Oakapple Rich and Sharon ,NB Muleless Gary and Della and NB Oakfield Keith and Ann. We met up at the Boathouse in Braunston and with a gentle pull I even managed to get camera shy Keith on camera.

IMG_0610After a couple of hours at the pub it was all back to NB Muleless for a most enjoyable end to the evening with hosts Gary and Della.

IMG_0620The following night we were all kindly invited onto award winning boat NB Oakapple by Rich and Sharon for yet another great evening. “Come on Keith look at the camera and give us all a smile”

IMG_0623The following day we had a visit from Mark on coalboat Calisto. All four of us filled up with diesel and coal as there is a cold spell forecast . The price of diesel is slowly going up again and it is now 76 pence per litre from Mark.

IMG_0635On the last night that we were all together we met up at The Old Plough in Braunston. It was a pub that myself and Carolyn had never been to before. We phoned and booked the day before and being dog friendly we were able to take Hamish. What a pleasant surprise we had at The Plough , a great welcome ,lovely food and a good atmosphere.We will certainly be coming back here next time we are in Braunston.

After a brilliant evening we all said our goodbyes as the crew of Inca was leaving the next morning. Hopefully it shouldn’t be too long before we all meet up again , although with us all having different cruising plans you just never know how long it will be. Although Sharon did mention us all meeting up at Christmas which would be good.

                                                                                                                     Happy Days

Monday, 9 January 2017

Cruising with friends

 

IMG_0543We pulled pins from Brownsover and after winding we were soon at the flight of three locks at Hillmorton where we had planned to meet up with NB Oakapple and NB Oakfield at the top. What a good crew member Curly is becoming as she now needs hardly any help in working Inca through a lock . The odd stiff gate or paddle sometimes causes a problem, but most oftentimes she is fine.

IMG_0552After a night at the top of Hillmorton locks and it’s time to pull pins and it looks like the crew of Oakapple had a lie in this morning !!! Just a note to say that it’s their stove chimney thats smoking and not their engine.

IMG_0556A few minutes later and we were on our way. It’s about a two and a half cruise to Braunston and with a message from NB Muleless that there’s plenty of moorings available there we slowly meander our way along the cut.

IMG_0563Not long after leaving we passed this hire boat who didn't have much of a clue. On a wide part of the canal for some reason he steered straight in to the trees when we past him. The poor lady in the front was not at all happy and shouted a few choice words to the steerer.

IMG_0570Another job for Canal and River Trust. With the roof on Inca full of coal there’s no room left for any wood which is a bit of a shame because it free heat.

IMG_0573Passing the Boat Shop at Hillmorton and we wondered if it was still open and trading. The last few times we have passed it always looks to be closed. We have used it several times in the past both for diesel and Chandlery items. If it is still open maybe some signage to indicate that for passing boaters would be a good idea.

IMG_0580Not the Moon , but the Sun tying to break through the clouds on a cold Winters day.

IMG_0585Passing Onley and the new Dunchurch super marina is now starting to take shape. We have heard from several local boaters that moor in the area at other marinas that as soon as it opens they will be moving there. I still think that more competition is a good thing for us boaters and it should keep the prices for marina berths low.

IMG_0592With the Weather getting colder Hamish the number one ships dog decided to put his coat on.

IMG_0595After filling with water Captain Curly steered us off and around the corner to our mooring allowing Ann and Keith on NB Oakfield to use the services. Not only is she good at locking but also she is becoming a competent steerer.

 

IMG_0596After mooring on our favourite mooring opposite the boathouse we had to untie and move back 100 meters to allow NB Oakapple to take our place. They couldn’t fit in anywhere being 65 feet long so we very kindly gave up our favourite mooring for them,the least we could do for friends. Anyway in the end we were OK where we ended up having good TV and Internet so all was fine.

We will now have a few days here and with plenty planned with all our friends it should be a good time ahead…..

                                                                                                                     Happy Days

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Held hostage

 

IMG_0501Still at Browmover near Rugby and we are being held hostage in Inca . For some reason this swan will not let us leave the boat at the front he just stands his ground and hisses at us. So what we have to do is have one of us distract at the front while the other legs it out the back.

IMG_0507With friends Rich and Sharon moored just a few miles away from us we had an offer we just couldn’t refuse. Rich offered to come and pick us up in his car and go for an afternoon tipple on their award winning boat NB Oakapple. It’s one of the few boats that we know of that has a beautiful diesel range. Every time we go aboard Carolyn always comments about us having one fitted in Inca . (In her dreams). Yet again a great afternoon with great hosts…

IMG_0498We are still surprised that after several days we were the only ones moored on the Parkside at Brownover . I know it is supposed to have a bit of a reputation as a bad area ,but we have moored here loads of times and never experienced any problems ourselves.

IMG_0512With Curly arriving for a week or so we are soon off down to stock up at the local Tesco. It took us twice as long as usual to do a shop ,I think that men just go in to a shop get what they want and are out again asap. But Girls just have to look at everything even if they have no intention of buying it.

IMG_0518I think these are brilliant and they are on a pedestrian underpass in Brownsover. It’s also good to see that the local Scroats have not painted all over it as they have under some of the canal bridges in this area.

IMG_0516The first idiot boat of the day ice breaks it’s way past our mooring . Hopefully he just took off his blacking and not ours.

IMG_0529Walking on water !  ..What a clever Duck.

IMG_0521With the ice nearly gone we heard the noise of a lovely thumping old engine coming around the corner . As soon as we saw all that smoke from the exhaust we just knew it was friends Rich and Sharon on NB Oakapple. (All cutting wit of course !!!)

Tomorrow we will move to Hillmorton and meet up with Rich and Sharon on NB Oakapple and Keith and Ann on Nb Oakfield and we will all cruise together in to Braunston to meet up with Gary and Della on NB Muleless.

                                                                                                               Happy Days

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

A few more boat names

 

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                                                                                                      We have plenty of this.

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                                                                                          Haven’t got one of these.

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                                                                                                 We do plenty of this.

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                                                                            They were a good group back in the 80s. Good old Carol !

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                                                                                                                 So have we.

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                                                                                                          Avent got a what .

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                                                                                                               That’s good.

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A character from Narnia, which is a bit bizarre as we are from Totnes and some believe that the town is twinned with Narnia. You probably need to visit to see for yourself.

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                                                                         It’s always good to take five and have a cuppa.

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Again, one I just had to Google    Eridanus is a constellation in the southern hemisphere. It is represented as a river. It was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations.

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                                                                 Strange name, not sure what it means. Unless the L should have been an N .

                                                                                                                Happy Days

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year

 

 

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                                                                                    Happy New Year and many Happy Days