Approaching the busy 14 day moorings on the outskirts of Braunston
The final segment of our return journey to Foxton for the Bank Holiday weekend, went very smoothly, and we were able to push on, eating up the miles.
The beautiful ridge and furrow fields surrounding Braunston
The old 'arm' containing the shop, work sheds and marina
We got into Braunston fairly late in the day, so were lucky to get a mooring as it was very busy.
The entrance to Crick tunnel with the light at the end and no boats coming the other way!
We pushed on up the flight of locks at Braunston, ventured peacefully through the tunnel and Watford flight in order to get through Crick before the Crick Bank Holiday traffic started moving around.
This tickled me watching the guy on the right banging the beginnings of the Crick Show footbridge with a big hammer. Don't hit it too hard!!
We were right to get the miles out of the way, as the moorings at Crick hadn't remotely begun to fill up, ready for the show at the weekend.
We moored at Welford Junction and decided to walk the small distance to the shop at Welford. Enroute, we met up with friends Jo and Keith on their narrowboat Hadar. We hadn't seen them since Keith had endured a devasting illness last year. Looking stronger now, they are getting out and about, which is what living aboard is all about.
View from Welford towards the canal via the pub carpark
We wondered to the shop up the hill and bought a few bits to keep us going over the weekend.
If you look closely in the bushes, you can see the local wildlife on the Welford Arm ~ an inflatable panda!
Getting back to the boat, I noticed a big dint in the new elum (decorated rudder) on the butty. Someone, and we think it was when we had moored up along with other boats during the hail the other day, had run up behind us and not stopped in time!
Hidden by the new tingle (small rope fender) on the back of the elum, the dint is well disguised
These things happen, but we were hoping the people who don't take appropriate action whilst mooring up, would not be out yet this year!!
Leaving Welford Junction the next day
The last part of our journey to Foxton, as only to take another 2 hours, if that. This comprises of some beautiful scenery and a tunnel at Market Bosworth.
Taking charge of the delivery. Masses of metalwork stock has now arrived for my decorative tendencies to explore!
Foxton was busy over the Bank Holiday weekend, (probably the inclement weather) but it was enjoyable, especially as we had visits from my mum and our eldest. We were also joined by Jo and Keith on Hadar, so we had good company for the remaining weekend.
.....and now we have had a visit from some locals! Their purpose was to sample the grass on the other side of the fence and when challenged, disappeared back.
We have now been joined by the Candy Boat and it's crew, Gail and Trevor. Hopefully this weekend at Foxton, will be better weather and again we will have great company..