Looks like we won’t be back on board until August. Tim of Onboard Solar is to fit a set of solar panels … keep us going. Then we’ll do the long cruise up to the Chesterfield & back calling in at Leicester, Nottingham and maybe the Erewash canal too.
Brother Chris – and that bridge!
Another brief, five day trip to the boat. Taking more “stuff” and getting Viv more used to the start up procedure and then, well, just chilling out at Midsummer. Plus of course the small matter of the Wharf Inn having their beer festival this weekend … 19 beers plus ciders . . nice.
dog roses . .
the Welford arm of the Grand Union Canal Leicester section) – tranquil . .
Bridge No 1
the beer festival … Dark Star APA was the winner but it took a few goes
Very nice setting . . we even went back the next day for more!
This time, on Saturday, we walked back to bridge No 40 and took a bridle way across poppy fields, barley & wheat fields to Welford.
Idyllic location – no roads, trains or planes . .
And with the shopping bought in Welford – Viv prepares a Chilli with Rioja, of course.
nice, quiet spot
… time to return to civilisation . .
Viv took this photo to show how the horse-drawn boats would wear the edges of the bridge away with the long tow ropes – hence the iron strips – they still wore away
Next trip should be the biggie – a month or two … up to Chesterfield and back, calling in at Leicester, Nottingham and maybe the Erewash too …
Up on the boat for a few days – just me – time to turn the engine over and take her out for a spin plus do some remedial painting after all the knocks and scrapes
She looks pretty good … but off to Welford junction – a nice stone quayside and a place to turn her around too…
Port side done – turn her around to do t’other side …
Job done! Off to the Wharf Inn for a pie and a pint!