Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Foxton Flight today

Found yet another nice mooring.  I am quite surprised at the number of possible sites there are along here.  Lots of them are pilings with opportunity to use the paper clip.

It rained this morning but after a while cleared up and is more like a summer temperature. We keep popping into the woods and my only 'complaint' is the fact that there is normally a high hedge on the lower side of the canal.

First the tunnel at Crick.  I have a foul weather jacket on today after the soaking yesterday :-)

Out the other side and we are confronted with a workboat floating across the canal.  Gave it bit of a nudge and jumped aboard while it headed for the bank.  No ropes onboard so tied it up with a piece of chain.  It had already been chained up I think, and by the look of it, one of the links had broken.

A quick stop in Crick to stock up.

The canal wanders around a lot here.  The canal goes around one hill after another.  This one has a beacon basket on the top of it.

On the other side of the hill and a narrowboat in a field.  I know we have had a lot of rain but not that much surely :-)

From fields to the woods. 

A lov ely day and another tunnel in the offing.

Moored for the night near Husbands Bosworth.

Its never dull on the GU.  You can never tell what is coming up.  Lots of corners and corridors of trees to obstruct the view ahead.

and Husband Bosworth tunnel at 1166 yards is short compared to the last one.  You can even see all the way through it.

It may be shorter than the last but I'm still glad to get out of it.

Clouds are gathering - again but bit of sunshine on the horizon. A couple of torrential downpours and any water that has evaporated over the last couple of decent days is now well and truly replaced.  

Had a Tweet from nb Jubilee saying they were moored up at Bridge 55 which is a short haul from the Foxton Flight. 

Nb Jubilee used to belong to the IWA as a mobile conference/teaching centre.  Tony and Judy got the coffee pot on and the world - high speed boaters - got put to rights :-) Thanks both for the hospitality.

Just short of the flight and ready for tomorrow.

A bunch early morning visitors.  Their parents have already taught them that boats mean food.

The storm clouds keep skirting us.  The view down into the plain that the flight takes us down to.

Into the locks and loads of gongoozlers boat spotting.

The view behind the boat as the water leaves the lock.

Heading for the water point to top up.

Spotted this advert on the side of the canal.  Any takers? English not his strongest point :-)

One length of the canal is a SSSI.  Lots of plants but they are growing rather  near to the middle in places.

A lovely view from the house on the hill.  Loads of  fields of ripe 'stuff' that has got rather damp over the last few days.

That's almost it for the day.  Through Saddington Tunnel and we will find a mooring.  There are some locks to do tomorrow.  Its back to lock country after a few days with only the occasional flight to contend with.  You can hardly see tunnel mouth for the trees lining the approach.

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