*****Is going there and back to see how far it is.*****

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, 3 March 2011

Welford to Foxton Top Lock.

Hi Friends.

I often post photographs of Marmite, showing that she has the life of a pampered moggy, well today it is Paddy's turn. Here is is lounging in the back cabin on Marmite's blanket. He too leads a charmed life.

The day begun with a very chilly start. Keith was feeling a little better, so we were going to move off, but before we could even contemplate moving, I had to go and knock on a boat moored in the winding point to ask the owner if they would like to move into our mooring, because we needed to wind and with them there we had no chance. Thankfully they were happy to move, so we fired the engine up and reversed out of the mooring. We pulled on to the waterpoint mooring and the other boat slid into our mooring, giving us space to wind. We filled up with water and emptied the toilet cassette, and got to have a natter to a couple of fellow boaters and supplied coal to a new customer. In all we would sell 15 bags of coal along the way.
Keith winded the boat and we set off down through Welford Lock and on to the junction. As we headed towards Husband's Bosworth tunnel a British Waterway's boat was being hauled by men along the canal with Mike using a pole to keep the boat on the straight and narrow. Apparently they had run out of diesel. If we had been going in their direction we would have given them a tow, but as were were not we just waved them goodbye and set off into the tunnel. I was lucky enough to get this rather cute photograph of a Kingfisher, who was flying in front of the boat after Husbands Bosworth Tunnel. It seemed quite happy to sit there and have its photograph taken.

We got to bridge 57 and stopped to supply Six bags of coal to a regular customer, who is off on to the Thames for the Summer. We had a lovely chat with them before heading off to the top of Foxton Locks, which is where our journey for the day ended. We moored up and I made us some warming Cheese on Toast for lunch, which was rather late in the day, 2pm to be precise. With an excellent TV and internet signal, I can get a few jobs done online, one being a food shop for next week.
It was a very raw day weatherwise, but we are now nice and cosy inside the boat.
Chat soon xx.


  1. i can't wait until we get our narrowboat ...i love reading your blog ....it makes me realise what a good life it is on the cut !!.....have a good week ...x

  2. Hi artymess.

    It is a great life if your prepared for hard work at times. As long as your prepared for that, the weather and all the other stuff that comes with boating you will love it as I do.
    The best way to look at boating is not through rose coloured glasses, which is sadly how to many have done in the past and found to their cost that the life is not for them.

  3. Yes it's true .....its difficult to take off the specs if you're not on a narrowboat having to try and keep warm .....although it has been a long term dream of mine ...ever since my first holiday on one in 1976 and I have taken one out in the snow once which was fun......i am also following NB Lola blog as I need to keep my feet on the ground about the costs and realities of a first time narrowboat owner !!.......still I do love to visit you on your daily adventures ...I have two dogs who love rabbit holes too ....x

  4. Hi artymess. If you research every detail and the costings for moorings, insurance, etc, etc and you still feel like you want to do it, then go for it. So many people we have known have failed to take everything into consideration, when I say everything, you cannot allow for somethings, because they take you by surprise. Buying a boat to live on can be a very costly affair, especially when you realise you actually hate the life. These people then think that they should get their money back when they put the boat up for sale. Like with cars, once your boat is in the water it immediately loses value. You have to be extremely lucky to get your money back. Following blogs is a great way to see how the other half live. Also going down on to the towpath and chatting to people is a fantastic way of learning about the lifestyle. I chat to people everyday about the pro's and con's of living afloat...x

  5. Hi Jo thanks for the advice .......yes I am so pleased to get into blogging so that I can have first hand experiences and advice from the 'horses mouth' as it were !! I have read about it for years but to 'speak' to people who are living the life is really important....lovely to see the photo of the Kingfisher the last time I saw one I was in a Kayak on the Oxford Canal just outside Cropredy where we had gone to the Festival ....have a great week look forward to 'travelling' with you albeit on a virtual canal !!...x


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