Once in the Glos Lock we ascended with two plastic boats, then we turned to the left to moor on the pontoons. The’ dredging’ boat was sweeping around the basin stirring the mud up and making a heck of a racket until 6pm. The mud was being flushed out through the lock into the river. This seems to be rather an expensive pointless exercise as the water intake for the Sharpness Canal is just down river from the lock! Later the hoards descended to sit outside Fosters pub eating, drinking and making merry, noisily! Then a massive plastic boat pulled in nearby, went up on his poop deck with a drink and played very loud ‘thump/bang music until after we managed to get to sleep at about 10.30pm. Who needs an alarm clock when loads of Seagulls start circling round screeching loudly at c 4pm! Nodding off again we were woken at 8pm when the dredger ground into life see-sawing all around the basin, luvly jubbly.
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Whilst moored so near to the city we made the most of perusing the shops and going out for lunch. Nb Kalimi came to moor nearby so we had a chat with them as we haven’t seen them for ages. There are always some interesting boats to be seen in the dock area and in Neilson’s Yard for work. We popped over for a snack in the busy little cafe on the dockside called ‘Toast’. Here you can have any choice of fillings in a toasted sandwich, brilliant idea! We got chatting to a couple who live hereabouts who told us of all the changes that were due to happen. I was disappointed to see that at least two shops had closed and had changed over to posh coffee houses. When our 48hrs was up we cruised on down to Sainsbury's as the cupboards and fridge needed filling up. After replacing the thermostat and control panel in our freezer we gave up it and tried running it on a timer for a while. Now we have decided to buy a new one if we can persuade someone to deliver it to Oakfield and maybe collect the old one. Surprise, surprise, we saw Nb Balmaha en-route and when they stopped off for shopping Nessa came around for a bit of a catch-up chat.
Friday, 25 July 2014
We cast off from the pontoon just after 8am, then on through Diglis River Lock going with the low about 5mls an hour. The hotel boat ‘Edward Elgar was on it’s way up to Worcester, after which we met a barge laden with aggregate. It was a fab day for cruising, although it was very hot we had a cool breeze on our faces as we whizzed along. All the river moorings were full, so we continued on down, taking it in turns to steer while the other went in for a tea break.
The lads were out practicing on the river rescue boat, then ‘Ambulant’ came up past us. As dredging was taking place in Gloucester Basin we hung on the wall for a while from our stern rope until 4pm. Although we were away back we felt the force of the water when they opened the lock gate to flush the muddy water out. The lock operation at the moment is 8-9am, 12-1pm and 4-5pm only until ‘dredging ‘ stops in about two weeks time..
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Late Saturday afternoon the rain stopped and the sun popped out, so we cruised on down to Tibberton and tied Oakfield up on the end of the long line of boats there. After a quiet nights sleep we continued on down. There were only twelve more locks spread out down to Worcester. We moored by bridge 5 and went into town for lunch and called into Asda on our return to the boat. Next day we carried on down to Worcs basin where we used our old BW card and had a good pump out lasting 16 minutes! With our water tank topped up we continued down Diglis Locks to moor out on the river.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
It was pretty noisy at the busy Queens Head pub as everyone was outside making the most of the evening sunshine. This is the second large Tepee we have seen, a very popular pub garden feature. We stopped for the services at Stoke Wharf where we saw ‘Duckingham Palace’, Further on Tony called out to us from his boat ‘Tilda’ to say that they follow our blog. While we filled with water I went back along for a chat and he kindly gave me a guided tour of their lovely boat with it’s glistening Gardner engine..
Next day we descended the 6 locks at Stoke, where top lock cottage a fantastic garden where I bought 1lb of runner beans, luvly jubbly. Then we descended 6 more at Astwood arriving at lunchtime at the junction with the Droitwich Canal. Luckily we were able to moor just outside the Eagle and Sun Pub. With very few shops along this canal we had run out of things for lunches so we dined in the pub. It is a 2-4-6-8 one. This being the price of their meals and very good they were too. Our two meals with drinks came to around a tenner, so we went again the next day as it was raining cats and dogs! Of course the hire boaters were on the move passing us by looking like drowned rats, poor things.