We stayed in Braunston for nearly a week, whilst the weather was a bit wet, so was the towpath!
Mooring on the 14 day mooring in Braunston
The evening before we set off again, we decided to ask Ann and Keith, our friends off narrowboat Oakfield, if they would like to go to the pub for tea. They jumped at it and a very nice evening was passed in good company.
Renfrew on it's private mooring in Braunston
Opposite our mooring, was narrowboat Renfrew, Renfrew and Lucy, looking in good order despite it's 1936 birthday!
Passing the entrance to Braunston Marina
Again Ann and Keith decided to sacrifice a leisurely morning by coming and helping us up through the 6 double locks to the tunnel. Our grateful thanks go to them and for some of the photos below as well!
Approaching the first lock
- flicking the butty down the side as they are double locks
Richard heads for the next lock whilst Ann and I close the gates on the first lock
I take over on the tiller as Richard and Keith open the gates
Leaving the top lock - mooring for a quick cup of tea with Ann and Keith
A rest before the tunnel and chance to say goodbye and thank you to our friends
Setting off again, we discovered that the tunnel light on the bow of the 'big boat' wasn't working, so we stopped again and found the switch inside it had turned off!! Durr....
Approaching the 2042 yard long Braunston Tunnel with a bend in the middle!
The tunnel was drier than we had anticipated. We would moor the other side and then cycle into Daventry to sent off my 2 parcels of Canal Art to Sawley Marina, following another order. The we needed to do some food shopping.
Quiet moorings further along the canal the other side of the tunnel
Richard pedals like mad with all the shopping in the trailer
Parcels despatched and shopping done, we made our way back to the boat. Gently bouncing up the kerb, the trailer suddenly flipped right over and all the shopping fell out from under the cover as we tried to right it. At this point, it looked like the tray of eggs and everything else had survived...
Lister and Scooby peep out of the bow of the 'big boat'
The next morning, we set off for Norton Junction. Here we wanted to spend a couple of days getting our jobs done and the boat cleaned after all the muddy ins and outs recently.
Views to die for - before the junction and lots of lovely places to walk the dog (Lister only as Scoob is too disabled nowadays)
As we moored up, we realised our friend Matti was also moored there on his boat 'Old Friends'. Later his partner Kathy would be joining him, so of course, we had to visit the pub and celebrate seeing them both again!
Beautiful sunset over the fields and Welton village
On closer inspection, the tray of eggs had suffered several casualties. At least there were enough for 2 omelettes.....