With Carolyn back down in Devon I’m left alone and the only thing to do whilst by myself is to catch up with all those jobs that I keep putting off. As the saying goes there’s always something to do on a boat, so I’m kept very busy with a list of jobs that she has left me.
After a few days away and with me being bored stiff without her (but don’t tell her that) Carolyn is back on board and the following morning we pulled pins from Hillmorton at 07.55 and headed off on the 3 or so hour cruise to Braunston.It’s been a while since we last came through here and we were surprised to see how much progress was being made at the new marina at Onley. We did mention that would it still be known as the Onley moorings or will it be known as Dunchurch once the marina is completed ?
The new marina is certainly starting to take shape and the latest I have heard is that it should be open in the Spring of next year. It has been designed by the Architects responsible for the Eden project in Cornwall.
It seems to consist of large lakes and there will be all the amenities on site associated with a large marina. A build cost of £15 million was mentioned so I would expect them to want to fill it with boats as soon as it opens. It will be interesting to see what the prices will be and if they will entice boats from other marina’s.
Arriving at Braunston and we stopped on the services for water and to empty our waste. It’s good to see that Canal and River Trust after many years of neglect have got around to improving the paths at this service station. But yet again the Elsan was out of order ,not to worry as there is another one around the corner which we can use in the morning.
We then moored up behind James and Doug on Nb Chance on the stretch before The Boathouse and had a chat with them before Carolyn trekked up to the village shop for a few essentials . We will have an early start in the morning and head up Braunston locks and through the tunnel and then on to Norton junction where we have arranged to meet up with friends.