Thursday, 9 January 2014

On the move

With high winds and heavy rain we have stayed still at Fenny Stratford . We have now been here far too long and are now getting desperate to move.

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As we are in Fenny and bordering Bletchley there are some great walks. The parks and walks along the canal are some of the best we have ever come across.

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We came across this machine at Bletchley Rugby club. The idea is that you can have parcels delivered to the machine. They are then placed in the compartments. You then get a code to open the compartment and collect the parcel. Their website says they plan to install 2,000 machines across the country. This could be a good thing for boaters like us .

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                                                                                                               We certainly have this.

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On Wednesday after 6 days of sitting still the winds dropped enough for us to move. We pulled pins at 08.45 and filled with water at Fenny as we were getting low . We also said goodbye to Alan on nb WOL. Going through Milton Keynes we came across this Fishing match. There is something about anglers and narrowboats. Most of them completely ignore you and will even look the other way to avoid saying hello.They wait until the last second before lifting their poles then give you the evils. I think a lot of boats pass them too quickly and spoil their fishing. We always pass on tick over and in the middle of the canal. Carolyn always makes a point and says hello to everyone we pass and most of them do respond to her. Surprise surprise one of them today even thanked us for going so slow.

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After 5 hours cruising and a Tesco shop at Wolverton we headed to Cosgrove to moor for the night. And this was the view as we crossed the Cosgrove aqueduct. The Great Ouse in flood , a few weeks ago we had walked across those fields to Stony Stratford.

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On Thursday we pulled pins at 11.00 which is late for us but they had forecast that the wind would die down by midday. On route we came across this lovely fallen tree.

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                                                                              Guess where it is now ???? Well it would have been rude to leave it there.

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                                 For some reason we cant pass Grafton Regis without stopping. This is the view from our front room window.

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     Just along from our mooring is this spillway. It drains all of the excess water out of the canal and keeps the level down. As you can see there is a lot of water about.

With good weather and low winds for the next few days we are going to push on . We have to be in Braunston on the 17th of February for our hull blacking and our BSS which is like a car mot , but for a boat it lasts 4 years .So we have a bit of time to kill and we will decide later what to do unless the weather decides for us….

                                                                         Happy Days

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