This is Steve & Viv Carter's log of the trips and travails on the narrowboat Adagio – liveaboards from October 2015. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." (Mark Twain)” email@example.com
0930 start – Ansty thru Nuneaton and on to moor near Springwood Haven marina.
We pass Gordon on Cut Loose, back from the Ashby and on his way back to Yelvertoft.
The long straight, approaching Hawkesbury junction
If you know the area then you’ll recognise this – it’s the beginning of the super grid and pylon city!
After a complete balls up of turning at the junction, which I normally do in one smooth action, I bashed the nose and the stern this time, Muppet! No, photos thankfully. We move on to Nuneaton:
We have never stopped here before but fancied a pie & a pint. I notice a small sign showing that this project was part financed by the EU – you can kiss this goodbye Brexiteers!
We found the Three Horseshoes, 300 yds west of bridge 20. An Everards pub but nicely run and with 6 beers on plus some home cooking, brilliant! Steve had 2 pints of Plum Mild (3.8% from Stefford) and Viv had a nice Ruby ale.
Less than an hour on and we get out into lovely countryside and approach Springwood Haven Marina. A nice spot to walk the dog and chat to the Onboard Energy guy about new batteries, solar power and the vagaries of the Victron invertor/charger! They also do ice creams too!
And here’s Adagio and that over-used star filter !
Getting a bit behind here, what with staying put from Friday thru to Monday morning but it was soooo nice to not to move when it was soooo hot. And being a weekend a lot of the world chugged by but not us, neither Hodma’dod nor Twelve and a bit moved at all. Anyway, Monday came and we all moved off. We met up at the Rugby visitor moorings (not very welcoming – toilet block all boarded up and only just room to fit in for water), where the crew of all boats tramped off to Tesco’s et al,
With the engine running we can use many electrical appliances (up to 3.5 kW!) and one of our favourites is the Slow Cooker – here is the Morphy Richards one, note how the heater/controller fits neatly inside – handy to pack on a boat.
And here it is unpacked. The pan is removable – handy for using on the hob to brown meat and get things boiling and also for washing too.
Captain’s Log 1700 10/04/2017: 11 miles + 4.5 engine hours
So nice to hear birdsong, albeit a blackbird at 0428 this morning and then skylarks! It’s Saturday and probably a busy boating day with hirers setting off. It’s also set for a cloudless, warm day, so we’re staying put, soaking up them rays, well the PV cells are. We may skedaddle off to Hillmorton later for a stroll.
Meanwhile, we made a list of the boats on the move yesterday, which was a quiet day really:
Clent, Cape Warbler, Eliza, Horus, Dragonfly, The Andrew, Phyllis May II, Penarrow, Olivia, Apprentice, The Bowman, Brendon, Pandeford, Vanyar, Solitude, Barleyadola and our friends on Hodma’dod.
Very typical of us – not staying put . . . well, the forecast today was a bit cloudy and then the weekend was set to be “Scorchio” so we planned to move on to the visitor mooring below Hillmorton locks. Tie up & set the solar panels for a 2 day rest. So another 6 miles and 3 hours later, we end up being the closest spot to our marina! But a nice spot anyway:
Well, TV’s out – no signal. Odd isn’t it – on the outskirts of Rugby and next to what was the world’s biggest radio station and nada, oh well, I might just align the satellite dish tomorrow, or not . . . meanwhile we have full 4G data signal so let’s surf for some stuff . . . like this video, not new but fun . .
Got a bit stir crazy and needed to spread our wings – doing what we bought the boat for – escaping out onto the canals! Boat is stocked, dog food has arrived. Why put it off any longer – let’s go! Our Summer Cruise#1 is to do the Leicester Ring, clockwise with a big spur off to the Trent: Nottingham, Lincoln & Boston. Contains a wee bit of tidal Trent (i.e. nothing between the boat and the North Sea but that is 50 miles away) but only for 5 hours. Here’s a map – X is where we started . . .
We start down at the bottom right, near Welford . . . .
Thanks to Barry on Blue Moon for the send off photos:
I doff my cap to him & yes, it is possible to escape . . .
Yeah! Escape from Yelvertoft!
Beautiful day for it . . .
Awesomely deep locks at Watford
Ever friendly CRT volunteers – this is John – very chatty and helpful chap.
Final mooring after 3.5 hours – just outside Welton marina
Feels like a whole day chugging – we just aren’t used to it!!