Pix from Day One

Steve dons his bowler & pipe for the proper start to a  month out on the Cut

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Viv’s keen to take the helm

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A truly beautiful day – a following wind, hot sunshine and wonderful fields of wheat, an abundance of flowers … dragonflies … wonderful.

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And lunch on the go – Viv made a marvellous ham, lettuce, tomato and radish sandwich (thanks to Colin for those). Note Steve brought his chilli plant on board, “they’re only mild”, says Steve .  .

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I let Viv and the dog off for a stroll … which gave Viv that photo opportunity. Rain tomorrow and lots of locks.  We aim to get to Foxton early before the rain. Hopefully Kilby Monday night …

Day One

Sunday 9th August
A slow start but who’s rushing? After a pump out, water fill up and a diesel fill up, we were off. At 1100 we left Yelvertoft marina, turned right and headed for Foxton Locks. A hot day but a following wind. After 5 hours we moored up at Lubenham Lodge; a delightful spot overlooking a vale and only a mile from the locks. Slowly getting used to the slow pace of narrowboat life. With a boat called Adagio, you certainly don’t want to hurry. More tomorrow and some pix too.

Summer trip

At last, we’re off! Friday 7th. Engine service, food shop and then off north to Chesterfield.

Getting ready

Busy de-cluttering, taking stuff to the tip, charity shops, parents, storage . . 

Hopefully we’ll get on board soon – next week? Start of August? Then do our “Summer Cruise” before there’s no more Summer.  Steve’s getting in the mood – Viv bought him a new hat. (Not really for the style but to stop him denting his, now balding, head!)

August?

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.

June Visit – Midsummer

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.

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dog roses . . 

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bridge 34

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the Welford arm of the Grand Union Canal Leicester section) – tranquil . . 

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Bridge No 1

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the beer festival  … Dark Star APA was the winner but it took a few goes

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Very nice setting . .  we even went back the next day for more!

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This time, on Saturday, we walked back to bridge No 40 and took a bridle way across poppy fields, barley & wheat fields to Welford.

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Idyllic location – no roads, trains or planes . . 

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And with the shopping bought in Welford – Viv prepares a Chilli with Rioja, of course.

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nice, quiet spot

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 … time to return to civilisation . . 

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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

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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 …

Chance for a visit & some remedial painting

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!