Monday, 26 June 2017

Longford marina

While the water tank filled we washed the port side and roof, these new cycle paths throw up an awful amount of dust. As did the two motorcycles using the tow path as a short cut just after midnight.

There is a scruffy bunch of long term moored boats with accumulated rubbish opposite the water point on the Coventry but around the corner on the North Oxford the long termers are all well kept craft with neat gardens.

Too early for any Greyhound patrons as we turned onto the North Oxford canal through the shallow stop lock. Though there are many electric pylons in this area, the coal power station is long gone, there are plans to turn the Longford power station site into a 225 berth marina - planning was granted in 2014 and is in place for three years so they better start digging soon.

Artist impression of Longford marina

Not long after the turn the landscape is agricultural with shallow valleys and woodlands.  



Interesting branch cratch board.
 We passed a lot of traffic today, possible heading away from the boat festival at Braunston.


Hollyhill bridge.



The swing bridge at Rose narrow boats Stretton stop was open so we cruised through.We observed the hire fleet were all single file which made a change from the last time we passed through here.

Looking back to Stretton stop

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Ska


Our friends Glyn & Christine joined us for a cruise from the marina back down the Ashby & on to the Coventry canal where we stopped for dinner at the Greyhound at Hawkesbury Junction aka Sutton Stop. 

After our friends left for their hotel we decided to stay put for the weekend. Today a SKA band were playing a two hour afternoon gig in a huge marquee in the pubs grounds. They played tunes from Desmond Dekker, Toots and Jimmy Cliff to the Specials and Madness, some quite well others not so much - but everyone had a good time, sunday roast in the dining room afterwards and back on board by 19:00. 



The Embezzlers

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Ashby Canal

It's 5pm and 30C

We have slipped off the Coventry canal on to the Ashby canal which in it's heyday transported coal & clay out of the mines at Moira.

A tranquil rural waterway meandering on a level 26 mile pound means, lucky for Sue, there are no locks to sweat over.


I have uploaded some pictures of today's 6 mile trip, I hope you like bridges as much as I do.

The start of the Ashby

Looking back to the Coventry canal


Lloyds farm bridge




Bulking road bridge


Bramcote road bridge

Mill bridge

James bridge


Dratleys bridge

Goodacres bridge

Mills bridge

Limekiln bridge (Watling street A5)

Railway bridge

Nutts bridge.

Coventry road bridge

We have stopped in Trinity marina for the night to test the inverter on shore power - all is ok.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Finally we have our inverter back

I must say I'm not impressed with Mastervolt service. They quote a ten day turn around on receipt in Holland. It was removed from the boat on the 29 April despatched on the 4 MAY and was delivered back to our engineer on the 17 Jun.

Still it's nice to have it back after it's prolonged holiday abroad, the inverter powers the washing machine, charges the chrome book so I can blog,k and most importantly the radio so Sue can listen to Popmaster on Radio 2.  

It's nice to have had a few days of glorious sun shine for a change, we are way behind schedule, I had expected to be close to the Thames by now. No worries it's the travelling we enjoy more than a particular destination. Coming across a mobile sheep shearing crew in a field is just one of a multitude of observations made as we creep along. 











Saturday, 10 June 2017

We are still hanging...

.... around in Staffordshire inverterless, but will start heading south for our annual Thames trip next week. 

In between some pretty awful weather I have been busy with the paint brushes repainting the rear doors and counter.


Another new marina will be coming on line, I welcome them as I hope they keep prices keen.

This one will be close to Ingestre bridge (78) on the Trent & Mersey


Canadians geese are everywhere

We spent a few days  hunkered down at Burston

Not alot has been happening in our linear world... but in the real 'grown up's' world....

The unelected primeminister Mrs Might has finally been elected and has formed a government propped up by Paddy Power - this really is all going to get very messy. Now that the UVF/DUP is on board  negotiators could now have a strong bargaining tool (semtex) to get a good deal out of Angie Sauerkraut and chums.

BJ is waiting in the wings for another 2017 general election but the elephant in the cupboard he didn't want to be responsible for (Brexit negotiations) are still to be dealt with, he will most likely swerve that particular ball again, another credible incumbent will have to come to the fore or leave the door open for the opposing but seemingly honest pied piper Corbyn.

All this has taken the heat of Donald Duck as the world and Europe in particular now turn to laugh at the muddle the Tories have put the UK in.



Monday, 5 June 2017

Staffordshire Show Ground



For a change of scene we had an afternoon at an agricultural show, a huge two day show with six event rings. web page

Vintage tractor parade

This display team were nuts!



An old Bradford ( the pick up not occupant)

Young farmers






Brass blowers

Worth the entrance fee alone was the farriers competition, the competitors have to fashion a 3/4 fullered shoe fitted and nailed plus a second shoe to judges specification. I was amazed at how much work goes into making a horse shoe. 

With six farriers going for the win (in the allowed 55 mins) with hammers, anvil, pritchel, tongs and the roar of six gas powered forges - the din was ear splitting.


Cleaning and measuring
















The finished shoe goes on