The calm flight at Foxton after the previous inundation of visitors
Following on from my previous post, we managed to get a twin tub, during our time at Foxton. Richard had to go into Market Harborough anyway to deliver a parcel, so we just ordered one via 'Click and Collect' on Ebay and he fetched it whilst he was there, in the bike trailer. That was his exercise for a fortnight I think!
A quiet evening on the visitor moorings
We returned to the Visitor Moorings for last weekend, before setting off back towards Norton Junction.
Beautiful views across the rolling hills
The plan would be to buy more paint for Jjinad, from Braunston, to enable us to change her name to something a little less eyebrow raising! Richard has shaved off his beard and won't tell anyone he was born in Tripoli until the name is changed over! No offence to the previous owners, it just is too near the knuckle for us and we want the quiet life!
A striking panorama
We set off yesterday afternoon, after I had waited for a Canalia delivery for my gift shop. A lot later than originally planned, but Richard had made sandwiches and drinks for the journey, whilst I waited down at the pub for the courier.
Going past Welford Junction
We made good time for us at around 2 1/2 hours to get to Welford Junction.
We moored up at around 6pm a little further on and then set off again today to beat the 2 day stoppage at Watford Lock flight. Maintenance is required again to this gem of the canal system.
The weather has been glorious. After a brief shop at Crick for essentials, on we went through Crick tunnel and beyond to await our place in the queue at the lock flight.
Me on the motor tiller for a change!
Grateful thanks to the volunteer lockies again at Watford gap locks for their assistance getting us both down unscathed. Richard always takes the butty, bowhauling her with the dogs inside, trying his hardest to not bang her about too much! I waited for Richard below the bottom lock and cross strapped the butty as the gates were opened. My turn!
2 worlds collide...
The new boat is very much heavier than Comfortably Numb, but steers decisively and stops when you tell her, which makes a change! I found it quiet relaxing after a while, except for the mooring when we reached Norton Junction. A boat came around the bend just as I was pulling into the side and I had to take the boats back out of the channel to the offside again. Then reverse and she came into the bank a little too sharply with a 'bump'. Whoops, but then I am only a novice on the new boat after all and nothing got damaged ......