Tuesday, 16 August 2016

King Sutton

Its been a pleasant few days at King Sutton, in between bouts of sitting on the bank relaxing with a Kindle I have had the paint brushes out to tidy up the swan neck and stern deck.

Today we had a short cruise to the Pig Place and back.

King Sutton lock

Herd of goats

Comfy seating at the Pig Place 

Cutting back brambles in case Klara comes this way.

Clear way through now.

King Sutton spire is being renovated.

FL is the only moored boat.

In the field opposite

Saturday, 13 August 2016

A computer bodge

With reference to the screen problem I am having with the chromebook( pink shading at different angles of the screen) I thought I would check the computer connections to the screen hadn't worked loose over a zillion times opening and closing the lid. Getting access was easy enough just  two pieces of trim pop out.

The connector was fine, the problem I think is a fracture in a wire, I noticed when I applied pressure with a finger on the wire the pinkness cleared.

The problem wire is the brown wire going over the left hinge.

Black tape applied.
I put four strips of Gator tape over it, with the trim snapped into place it was enough pressure to fix the problem. Probably not a permanent repair, I will see if I can source the correct part for a permanent fix.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Oxford canal

Yesterday was fleece weather for the first part of the day but things did improve a little.

Sue gets help at a Claydon lock.

Love the clutter at Clattercote Wharf.
Cropredy and the canal leading into the village were rammed with boats, not a mooring to be had for a mile or two either side of the village. We had no problem squeezing through as we had left it till late afternoon when most boats were moored up.

The reason for the congestion of course is the Fairport Convention Festival, Simon Nicol was on Radio 2 this morning saying that this will be the 40th consecutive festival, they started in 1976.

We moored below Slat Mill lock, we could hear the faint beat of Madness belting out 'One Step Beyond'.
Two miles from Cropredy 
Three abreast in places

Campers getting in the festival spirit.

Today has been a glorious day for a cruise as one towpath walker was happy to point out to us. We stopped in Banbury, I wanted to go to PC World, my Chrome book is 3 years old now and the screen keeps washing out in a pink shadow. They only had a choice of two neither I liked the look off, I'll look on Amazon. Quick trip into B&Q to replace the sanding block I dropped into the canal when emptying a bucket of water.

Hearth given some colour.

Our daughter is taking part in a 24 hour relay in aid of Cancer research if any body would like to contribute please click on the link.cancer research UK  Thankyou.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Team GB Olympic Rugby sevens at Ladder bridge.

After putting the first red gloss coat on the hearth we unpinned FL, stopped before the bottom lock to fill the water tank, when this task was completed we entered the first of nine locks in the Napton flight at midday. Two and half ours later we were exiting the top lock. Adjacent to the top lock there is always some interesting cars stored on the canal bank.

We cracked on and got moored up just in time after Ladder bridge to watch Team GB top their group after beating NZ.

Napton bottom lock & Folly bridge.

Moorhen & chick.

Lock 9

Lock 10.

A Connaught Type D GT  V10 by the top lock.


Flecknoe was a nice mooring to spend a couple of days, the Grand Union canal was busy with passing craft. The moorings filled and emptied as crews carried on their journeys. There are a few  hire bases around this area, you are likely to encounter a hirer still trying to master the handling of a 18 ton steel tube, a modicum of caution is required on the bends and bridge holes.

An early start helps to keep out of the way, untying from the bank at 07:30 the sky was clear of any clouds but the temperature was cooled by the breeze.

 After a three hour cruise we moored at Napton, we will go up the flight of locks tomorrow, we were going to go to the pub but decided on a night in watching the Olympians.

I have started repainting the black metal hearth in the saloon, we thought we would have a change and add a bit of colour to the dark corner so eventually it will be Manchester red with black trim.

Primed and undercoated.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Pam Ayres

I Love a Little Narrowboat - by Pam Ayres

I love a little narrowboat, I love the old canal,
Imagining the tales these ancient waterways could tell,
I love to work the lock, those oaken gates so firm and strong,
With know-alls up above to tell you what you're doing wrong.

I love to see the native creatures busy at the bank,
The otter and the water vole, the terrapin and mink,
And peering in the water, into shallows green and still,
To see somebody's goldfish from the kitchen window-sill.

I love to moor along the bank and hear the gentle rain,
To cook a meal and watch the world beyond the window-pane,
Little bobbing moorhen chicks, the mallard and the coot,
Exhausted lovers hoping that their effort's bearing fruit.

I love the ancient bridges, every keystone, every corbel,
The singing of the little birds, the chirrup and the warble,
To feed a lonely swan, so perfect, white as alabaster,
Who struck me with his wing; observe my collar-bone in plaster.

I love to meet the other folk who use the waterways,
The walkers and the fishermen on sunny languid days,
We drift beside the towpath and we breathe the summer's breath,
Till roaring motor-bikers come and frighten us to death.

I love the inland waterways and if it's in my power,
I'll just keep on a-sailing at about three miles an hour,
And when I see that final tunnel, into it I'll glide,
I'll raise my yaching cap and see you on the other side.

Saturday, 6 August 2016


 Before we headed for bed last night the rain was coming down in stair rods, next morning it was all clear for our cruise into Braunston.

Neat bird box

An anxious mooring!

Fabulous turfed turnover bridge.
We took Braunston Turn to the right and reversed back onto Midland Chandlers mooring to pick up some bog blue. It was still only 09:00 so not many boats had moved on, we did find a space opposite The Boathouse, their free wifi is drifting into FL so I'm posting this on it. I'm not uncomfortable with that as we will be using the premises later, taking the occasional single handed trader along with us.

When we turned up at the Boathouse for a two for one meal deal in the evening the place was very busy with queues at the bar. The food was the usual chain pub fare, later when Sue retired back to the boat, Barry and I stopped off at the Plough on the way home. Much later it was a dark walk home along the towpath without a torch.

Saturday-  4000 revellers are expected in Braunston for the Admiral Nelson music festival, we wanted somewhere a bit quieter, after visiting the Braunston butcher we winded FL topped up the water tank and cruised out of the village for a couple of miles to moor near bridge 100.

Skinny bridge 100