12 Miles, 1 Lock, 1 Tunnel, 1 Swing Bridge– for this week
Totals: 700 Miles, 592 Locks, 22 Tunnels, 18 Lift Bridges, 12 Swing Bridges
The newest crew member has had a very good week continuing to learn about boating life and sleeping in a bit past 4 am when he came to check if I was awake – I pretended to be sound asleep – I am sure he wanted to go out for a pee – have to hold on for a bit longer
We had moored almost at Hawkesbury Junction – well only 500 metres away.
Over and back many times across the lock gates at Sutton Stop Lock – a old dab hand at this he has become.
So an easy walking area with a nice towpath – not muddy or really that dirty – plenty of boats moored along the line – as is always the case.
|we didn't actually cruise past this but did walk past it a few times - |
bridge decoration on the way into Coventry
The ducks have not caused any concern – he walks along and really without deviating from the towpath, they seem to want to go onto the water.
The first encounter with a swan went well – well it went well for the swan who reacted, as could have been predicted, when a dog gets too close; raised itself to full height with loud hissing and didn’t back off an inch when the dog was barking – the dog however wimped out of it.
The Greyhound has become a firm favourite with him especially around lunchtime – seems something finds its way from the plate directly to him and usually other dogs around to get to know.
|not only police travel in pairs -|
how many does it take to cut the towpath grass
|why does it seem to cost double to cut the grass|
Moved just a few miles on Friday down onto the North Oxford – still the continuing hum of the M6 in the distance; he alternated equally between the roof, the back deck and the seat.
|that pesky M6 - funny that it was noisy only on one side |
- after we passed underneath the noise disappeared
- must be uni-directional mufflers on the trucks
A pleasant morning cruising down to Rugby, where we caught up with Geoff and Jackie from nb Benson, whom we had met at Hawkesbury Junction – we chatted again for quite a while and Geoff took no pity on the woman from nb Suant when she was enquiring about some porthole covers – stirred her unmercifully – she took it all very well.
Sunday – a day of rest – that would be nice – but I did manage to find out how to carefully remove the windows from the boat – Steve on nb Vivien Anne was doing two of his – removing any underlying rust, painting and resealing, so very much an instructive day – now all I need to do is be confident enough to put the theory into practice.
Banjo is finding his place when moving; has found his place when moored; and will find his place pretty quick again at 4 in the morning.