Not blogging so much now as going slower to kill time., and retracing some steps we have already done. Last Thursday while we were still at Hawkesbury junction, we changed the leisure batteries. We knew it would be a fiddly job as Charlie has to get into the engine housing to do it! Old batteries were disconnected, and we had to lift them out one by one, bearing in mind the spec on these things say they weigh 54kgs each! Once done and a coffee later the new ones were lifted back into place and connected back up again. This job took all morning. Now what do we do with the old ones? We were told we could money back at a recycling centre, but the one local to Coventry said they didn’t take marine batteries. We don’t have room to store them, and we don’t have a car ourselves. The chap on the boat in front of us said he would help, but Daventry was the nearest place (half an hour away by car), and he didn’t sound keen to take us there. He knew a local boater who was an avid recycler so we gave the batteries to him. I’m sure they would share the spoils.
Friday morning we set off to turn around and go back to Tesco to top up on shopping before the weekend as we would be having some visitors.
Friday evening my daughter brought the grandchildren for the weekend. We thought we may manage 2 nights with both of them. Charlie kept his hearing aids out though! Saturday we were off again deciding to go back onto the Ashby canal. We made it to Sutton Cheney Wharf where the Bosworth battlefield is, and some woods to walk round. The weather for the weekend was lovely which made life a bit better with grandkids on board. As it was Halloween they had bought pumpkins to carve out, which we did on the journey, along with colouring and dot to dot! Once it was dark the pumpkins looked good with small torches in. Popcorn and 2 Halloween kiddy films in the evening to make up for not trick or treating!
Sunday my daughter and son-in-law came around midday. We had a walk through the woods, and I managed to cook a roast dinner for 6 in my little oven. They set off after dinner and once again peace reigns and we are on our own again. They are coming again in 2 weeks so we need to keep our strength up. From Sutton Cheney we went to Bosworth Wharf where the marina is (we stayed in Sept). On the way we encountered a hire boat that was going a little too fast around the bend, coming toward us on our side. Evasive action was taken, and no harm done, but we don’t think the skipper had a clue as to which way to turn the tiller! We then decided yesterday to cruise to the end of the navigation. The weather yesterday turned out nice and we had a lovely cruise. No boats going in the opposite direction this time. At Shackerstone we suddenly saw a tree land in the canal. We stopped just past the winding hole to investigate, to find a work boat and crew felling and chopping tree’s. We decided to wait till they had finished what they were doing as we were in no hurry, and after approx 45mins we were off again.
The cruise to the end goes through Gopsall woods and the trees were looking stunning.
We are now at the end of the navigation again. We were last here on the 1st September, so it looks very different. A field locally still has the round bales in a line (they were doing it when we were here last time), but now some are wrapped.
We will stay here for a couple of days as there is a sanitary station here, and the weather doesn’t look too good for the next few days.
Once we get going again we are heading for Atherstone where there are locks (or locker’s as my grandkids say). My daughter wants to experience the working of them and as there are 11 of them, I think that will give her something to do!