Monday, 30 March 2015

Crick Village.

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What’s the weather been like, well we have had just about everything while we’ve been here, except snow! I’ve been on several walkabouts and there are some lovely little areas tucked away if you have time to seek them out. We were here for a few days while we awaited some poste restante to arrive via the Post Office.

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The Cabin Boy treated me to a special roast Sunday lunch at The Moorings which is right next to the canal. We had been there once before with our friends and would certainly recommend it to you if you are passing. The beef was tender and tasty and the puddings were rather good too, perfick.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

To Crick.

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We left before eight o’clock for Watford Locks, not quite early enough though! The three C&RT work boats which passed us the day before had been left below the locks overnight and pulled out in front of us, bugger. Needless to say our ascent was painfully slow behind them. There were five workers, the lock keeper and us helping them, which made it a tad quicker. Lovely clear skies along to Crick Tunnel where we caught up with them again pondering their entrance into it. One said he had no lights, so stayed moored, then we followed the little tug through which was pushing a flat in front of it. Although we hung well back a fair distance from him, his engine noise was horrendous. It seems the other one then found a light to follow. The first one waited beyond the tunnel to let us pass and to wait for his mate. After we had moored, they passed us once more.

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Norton Jucnction.

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Well it was a little quieter here, but the cold wind was gusting fiercely rocking the boat around. So much so, that the Cabin Boy almost missed our mugs when pouring the drinks. C&RT chaps were busy replacing the footbridge as the old one was rotten, apparently. 

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Just after we turned left around the Toll House and moored up we had a brief hail storm! Being perched on a high ish embankment we had some clear views across the countryside. The weather was rather changeable, as the sun hid behind dark clouds, then reappeared to produce a stunning sunset once more. However it was warm enough for us to go down to sit on the seat by Buckby Top Lock to do a bit of gongoozling one afternoon. Happy Daze.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Moving on up.

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We met up with a hire boat to share the six locks up from Braunston and as they were all in our favour were ascended quickly. There is always a lovely display of Primroses beside the top lock cottage. Then it was on through the tunnel to stay at Norton Junction for a couple of nights.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Visitors.

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Narrow boat Millie M caught up with us, then Maffi and Molly came aboard for long ‘discussions’ over tea, evening meal and of course a couple of Guinness's! it’s always lovely to meet up with him to exchange views on just about everything. Molly ‘the wonder dog’ just takes it all in her stride curled up snugly on the mat by the fire. The Stop House is open most mornings providing help and information for passing boaters. Braunston is a very welcoming place to moor we find and the locals conscientiously look after the tow-path areas. Volunteer groups carry out litter picking, weeding and trimming unruly areas, then prettifying it with some flowers, perfick. A BIG thank you to them ,and all the newly formed volunteer groups who have adopted their area of canal to take care of. Boaters can also do their bit of litter picking, grass and hedge trimming whenever it is needed. We often do this wherever we moor up too.

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