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Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.


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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Back Home.

It has been a busy few days for us.

We spent last weekend at the Braunston Historic Boat Rally.

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Keith and I had the pleasure on the Saturday of going on the parade on Nuneaton and Brighton the Narrowboat Trust Boats. Colin, Ray and Barry made us very welcome and so I made them a Lemon Drizzle cake, which went down very well with a cuppa.

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We had a fabulous time in the organised chaos.

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Richard Parry CEO of the Canal and River Trust was there to help unveil new plaques.

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Also at the event were Timothy West and Prunella Scales. Doing more filming for their Canal Journey series.

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It was lovely to see them both looking well, although both did look a little frail.

We had a fabulous weekend catching up with so many people we know and all were so happy to see how well Keith is.

On Monday we left Braunston and began our journey home. The weather was very hot, but with us not being in that much of a hurry we took our time.

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Monday we moored at Bridge No.18 between Calcutt locks and Stockton locks. One great thing about the wall to wall sunshine was the solar panel kept the batteries nicely topped up.

Tuesday we descended the Stockton Locks, mooring up at Long Itchington. It was blooming hot, but keeping on the move actually meant we made our own breeze. Lunch was had at The Two Boats Inn and I have to say it was a lovely meal, which was washed down with a pint of Bombardier. Well worth a visit.

Wednesday morning and the sun was out early and blimey it was hot, hot, hot. We decided that we would make a run straight through to Warwick. So it was onward to Bascote Locks, then Fosse and finally Radford. As we approached Warwick the heavens opened, giving us a much needed cool down. We arrived back at our mooring in the Saltisford Arm at 1.15 pm. It was lovely to be home.

Our garden was riddled with weeds, so after catching up with folk in the arm, I started the job of weeding our garden. On Sunday It is Warwick Open Gardens and the arm is taking part, so I am going to be busy weeding all the beds.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Happy boating.

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Look at my face.

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How beautiful am I?

This is Bramble a friends lovely doggie.

Braunston Bound.

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Yesterday we left Crick at 7.30 am and headed through Crick tunnel heading for Watford Locks and the Sanitary Station. When we arrived there was a boat taking on water. When they had finished, they headed down the locks and we took their place. IMG_5207

Coming up the locks was Aber. We had a quick natter with them, before they went on their way. All watered up, rubbish dumped and cassettes empty, Steve the lockie let us down the locks as Nuneaton and Brighton arrived.

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We had a quick run down the locks and went out our way to Braunston.

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Braunston Tunnel we met a couple of boats coming from the other direction, the first of those boats was actually using his bow thruster to steer through the tunnel and alongside us. I have no idea why they thought it would help, as there is only room for two boats passing. But hey ho, it takes all sorts.

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12 noon we moored up above the Braunston Locks.

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Nuneaton and Brighton arrived and pulled alongside us for a cuppa and a good chat. It was lovely to see Barry again and to meet Colin. Maggie our friend off Forever Young arrived on foot to give the pair a hand down the locks.

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I got the chance to take the pair down the flight. I have steered a pair breasted up, so I was so excited to be given the chance. I actually found it really easy and I am proud of myself.

Having moored the pair up in their mooring for the boat festival, Keith and I went back to our boat for dinner. We then met everyone at the Admiral Nelson for a few beers. A great evening was hand by all.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Foxton Locks Festival and onwards.

Hi folks.

Sorry I have not posted for a few days, but I have been very busy. Keith and I spent two days helping to set up for the Foxton Locks Festival, and then over the weekend Keith was being assistant Harbour Master and I was Festival photographer.

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It was amazing how quickly it all took shape.

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We were moored by bridge 60, which was ideal for us.

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Saturday the weather was a bit soggy on and off, but blimey Sunday made up for it, with huge crowds of people. The car park was full so another had to be found.

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The Craft Marque was crammed full of stalls, with lovely things.

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The Vikings and Saxons had set up camp.

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There was fun and games for all throughout the weekend.

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Adult, children and even the dogs got the chance to show off.

It was an amazing weekend and we know it was their best ever for attendance, so well done to everyone involved.

Now we are on our way to Braunston for the Historic Boat Rally. We are not involved as we are not Historic, but we are going to have a nose around.

Yesterday having left Foxton we moored at Welford Junction with our dear friends Michael and Geraldine on the Cheese Boat.

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Today we have tied up at Crick.

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