Friday, 14 October 2016

Blog Followers


IMG_8707We pulled ropes through rings at 09.10 from Fenny Stratford and headed through the 12 inch rise lock and on towards Soulbury 3 locks. Then it was just our luck to meet this widebeam Hotel boat in a bridge hole.

IMG_8710On the way we had a shout from Linda on Nb The Pearl who follows our blog. It’s always good to have a hello from a blog reader and we will give you a shout when we head back this way in a couple of months.  …… PS ,Striking the pose and looking good !!!

IMG_8723Stoke Hammond lock is always a pleasure to work through and it has to be one of the best kept locks on the system.

IMG_8726The next locks are the Soulbury three . With it being early in the morning there were no Gongoozllers at the pub to watch us up the flight.

IMG_8738After a night moored just before bridge 110 we had and early start pulling pins at 07.35 . The idea was to get onto the Leighton Buzzard Tesco moorings and do a big shop at Aldi and Tesco. Passing Wyvern boat hire base we noticed this rather tidy looking Morris van.

IMG_8745After a couple of hours moored at Leighton Buzzard and filling the cupboards and of course the wine cellar we then passed up through Grove lock where we had yet another shout from a blog follower (just wish I got your name) We will look out for you when we come back through .We went through Church lock where Carolyn walked Hamish the next couple of miles to Slapton lock.

IMG_8751After passing through Slapton lock we noticed that they have added a couple more holiday pods or what ever you call them. Well it seems after a bit of research that they are luxury en-suite Wigwams and are situated in the beautiful mature orchard at Hill Farm on the edge of the beautiful Buckinghamshire village of Slapton.Adjacent to the towpath of the scenic Grand Union Canal, and with breathtaking views of the Ivinghoe Hills Nature Reserve, the orchard is home to wonderful old apple, pear and damson trees.The tranquillity of the orchard, with its canal side setting and breathtaking views of the Chiltern Hills make this an ideal setting to enjoy a unique glamping experience.

Opposite the wigrams we had another shout from Wb Hetty who also follow our blog, good to hear from you and we will give you a shout when we come back through . There’s going to be a lot of shouting on our return trip !!

With the skies turning grey we decided to moor up and spent the night below Seabrook lock no 34. Tomorrow we plan to get to Cowroast which should be a good 3 or 4 hour cruise and take in 11 locks and 1 swing bridge including the 7 locks of the Marsworth flight.

                                                                                                                    Happy Days


  1. hi gary, what a nice surprise to see you cruising past grove lock marina. I gave you a shout, keep up the excellent blog.
    clive wagstaff, aka waggers

    1. Hi Clive. ,,Waggers . We will give a toot when we head back that way . Hopefully we can have a chat ....