Barton Turn to Alrewas

We set off at 9am as didn’t sleep very well due to the proximity of the A38. Never mind, if we hadn’t stopped when we did we would have been caught in a really freaky wind and rain storm. Again weather was raining whilst travelling so we had geared up in wet weather clothing in anticipation. This journey is the furthest we have travelled so far in Breakaway. Wychnor lock was the first we went through.

Wychnor church.

Next was getting past the weir before Alrewas, where the River Trent merges briefly with the canal. We then negotiated the bends in the canal to Alrewas lock. We decided to moor in the 14day moorings just past bridge 47 so we can explore at leisure (providing our batteries hold out). We had a little walk along the towpath between the showers and bridge 48 was sporting this fine graffiti.

What has happened to the weather?

We set off from Willington yesterday morning and cruised to Shobnall fields. Weather showery and a bit windy but otherwise ok. We stopped here in the summer when we were entertaining the grandchildren as there is a play park nearby. This time though we only needed shopping and Lidl is only a 10 min walk. Also tackle shop nearby so Charlie purchased some maggots for fishing.

We set off today rather early as we were woken by one of our alarms going off! A bit disconcerting at 06.30. We decided we would have an early breakfast and set off . It was dry when we set off; then had a few light showers, followed by torrential rain. We did have waterproofs on but nevertheless still got soaked. Finally we decided to stop at Barton despite being beside the A38 and it still hasn’t stopped raining.
Below is Branston lock. I fished a fender out which happened to belong to a boat coming down as they had lost it 1 week earlier.

Above is  Tattenhill  lock with Breakaway entering in the rain.

Out and about

We were getting a bit stir crazy in the marina so decided we would venture out. Didn’t expect the torrential rain first thing though. We were giving our old fridge away as we had bought another with a bigger freezer. When the rain subsided (after lunch), we set off to obtain our new fridge/freezer from Midland chandlers as we could moor outside. We then ventured out turning right towards Burton. We know this section really well now as done it a few times. Weather won’t be great but we need to sample this sort of thing if we are to survive continually cruising. We have moored up for the night just outside of Willington. Clouds looking a bit ominous.

Another week gone

No more painting just yet for us. Will wait and see how the weather develops. We have been to Burton on the bus and did some food shopping. Today Midland chandlers had a freaky Friday 20% off day, so we partook of that and got a new fridge freezer and a few other bits and pieces. That will be the last big spend for a while as want to get the webasto serviced next month. Charlie doing some fishing this afternoon as weather could be raining tomorrow!

Relaxing Sunday…or not

Today has been a scorcher with very little wind and blue skies. We finished painting the roof of the boat. We now have to leave it got a bit to settle before we can carry on. 

I am very pleased with myself as managed a full roast dinner (didn’t know weather was going to be do hot when planned it) and Yorkshire pudding
Below is the fine example (I can’t usually make these but today a resounding success)

Saturday already!!

Just don’t know where this week has gone. Have one more coat of paint on the last bit of roof. Solar panels are being fitted on Tuesday so nice to get the roof finished. Our next quest is the side rail as previous owner had put normal gloss paint on it and it definately needs attention. We have had our Hobbit stove alight since Wednesday as evenings have been chilly, though daytime remains dry. The stove certainly keeps the boat aired and dry, also helps to dry the washing! Our new chimney from The Little Chimney Company is excellent. Not only looks good but is helping to conserve fuel. Well worth the extra pennies we paid for it. Think we may get a name from them too.

Day 2 of painting

Weather continues to be kind to us as our quest to finish painting the boat roof continues. We managed to top coat today with a colour called biscuit. Looks nothing like the colour chart but still looks better than before. Didn’t realise how bad the roof looked till we started this. Needs another coat tomorrow;then we can turn boat around to carry on with more if the same. 

Retirement certainly goes quickly . One minute we are getting up then suddenly it’s mid afternoon. How did I find time to fit in work??

Back home!

LWe are back from our travels. All dentist, hospital and dr’s appts over with for the time  being and all ok. Been watching the weather so we can paint Breakaways roof. Managed to undercoat three quarters of it in 2 days. It’s now primrose yellow so we can be seen from space!! Hopefully the biscuit top coat  will be a bit more subdued.

Tomorrow hope to start the topcoat. Then we need to turn boat round so Charlie can rub down the chimney side more safely. Getting better at putting photos on the blog page.

Castle Drogo

On the way back from London we stopped at National Trust’s Castle Drogo and used our passes once again. It was fascinating as it is under restoration due to it leaking as it’s building technique at the turn of the 20th century weren’t fully understood. Hence the steel and mortar need replacing. The gardens are also worth a visit and there are many walks around the area.

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