I keep saying it but I really don’t know where the time is going. It’s been 12 days since my last blog, and it only seems like yesterday. I’ll have to remember now what we have been up to. While we were moored for a few days we spotted a kingfisher. Now these are notoriously difficult to photograph, as no sooner do you get one in focus it usually flies away. This time one was posing for us on the opposite bank, and Charlie was lucky enough to get a few snaps of it.
After our few days at the end of the Ashby canal we set off again; washing machine on, so water topped up and cassettes emptied; a top up of water was needed at Sutton Cheyney to ensure a full tank, and we had 2 stops before we finally reached the end. Back onto the Coventry canal so we could make it to Atherstone for the weekend my daughter was coming again. Cruising past Nuneaton. We had an overnight at Springwood, and just before our mooring there is an old fashioned telegraph pole.
Also cruised past an old wharf at Hartshill, with buildings and crane still there.
Finally reaching our destination at the Atherstone top lock. When we passed here in August we couldn’t moor as it was full of boats. Now it is much quieter, and we had a choice of positions. After mooring I set off for Fish and chips (a chippy nearby). And we knew that fuel boat Auriga was making it’s way up the Atherstone flight, and we didn’t want to miss him as we needed diesel and coal. We flagged him down and did the necessary (needed a mortgage to pay for it!!).We needed shopping but decided we would get through the first 5 locks, and stop near The King’s Head pub, where my daughter could park the car for the weekend. This was also much handier for the shops, so Thursday we set off and did the 5 locks. Volunteer lock keepers were there tidying the gardens along the route and lent a hand so it made locking a bit easier.
Friday we set off with 2 trolleys and a backpack for Aldi, and Co-op, that were approx 10 minutes away. Groceries loaded for the weekend and beyond (hopefully I won’t need much more in the next 5 weeks before the boat goes into the yard for repainting). Daughter and family arrived Friday evening. Weather wasn’t brilliant but we managed to go through Lock 6 in the flight, turn around, and end up back where we started on their arrival. Gave her a taste of what happens when working locks. The rain arrived, but we had a meal booked in the King’s Head pub, so we didn’t mind. A lovely meal was had by all, in very pleasant surroundings. Sunday we walked with the kiddies to the playpark, all dressed in our wet weather gear and wellies! This was to try and use up some of their energy, but as always I don’t know who gets more tired, them or us. We had Sunday lunch on board. I had pre cooked a joint, roasted veggies and an apple and blackberry crumble (using the last of my foraged blackberries), so it made it easier to finish off. They left us mid afternoon, and we did a little tidying before having a restful Sunday evening. It’s always a little cosy with 4 adults, 3 dogs, and 2 kiddies on our 50′ boat.
Monday we had to go back through the 5 locks again to go to the sani station. All the cassettes were full, and we needed water. , and I wanted to put the washing machine on again. We had a little wait at the top lock as there was already a boat there.,but we had 2 volunteer lock keepers to chat to. It transpired that one of them had a daughter that lived in Padstow. Small world. Sani business done, and around we turn again to get back through the 5 locks going down (think they thought we were mad). On the way though we spotted a vole and managed to get a picture of it.
Back at where we started again! We had another walk into Atherstone, and I checked out the charity shops for DVD’s, and managed to get 10. Good to have new DVD’s in case we can’t get a satellite signal.
Today the weather has forecast strong gales for the afternoon. We have now done the other 6 locks in this 11 lock flight, and found a quiet spot. Nothing much moving today, probably due to the weather forecast, but as I am writing this blog the wind is picking up and the boat is rocking. Just hope we stay pinned to the bank!!