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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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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Blowing a hooley.

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Travelled 19.12 miles, worked 1 lock in a time of 6 hours 30 minutes.

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We had a quiet night in Rugby. Having done the usual morning stuff, we set off at 8.35am with the wind getting up a little, making it a little on the chilly side. We said “cheerio” to Bet and Graham and wished them luck with selling their boat and their new adventure.

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Onward through Newbold Tunnel. Sadly there are now only three of the coloured lights working in the tunnel, someone needs to change the bulbs.

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Wrapped up against the weather.

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I love Donkeys.

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As we were approaching Stone Bridge on the outskirts of Coventry we met The Cheese Boat coming through the bridge ’ole. Onward to Hawkesbury Junction, I worked the stop lock and Keith did the turn off of the Oxford Canal and on to the Coventry Canal. We made the turn at 12.45pm.

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We passed my favourite dry dock and its manikins.

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Charity dry dock is a feast for the eyes.

I kept the coffee coming and lunch was eaten on the move, I put some Ham and Cheese slices in the back cabin oven to warm through. They are a meal in themselves and kept us going.

Nuneaton was then in our sights, I call it the land of the allotments, because there are a lot of them. With the sun out, people were busy tending their plots, hoping to grow their vegetables for the year. It is clear to see some spend a lot of time on their allotments and others need to try harder. I smile at the sheds or all shapes and sizes, of course we all know the sheds do not house the spades and forks, they are in fact a refuge for the gardener, where he keeps his kettle, magazines and a comfy chair. I remember when I had a vegetable garden, it was very rewarding and relaxing tending the land, but I do not miss it.

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Anyone missing some waders? They were just outside of Nuneaton hanging around.

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At 3.05pm we moored north of Nuneaton, just south of Springwood Haven Marina. The wind was blowing a hooley and I think we were all happy to stop for the day.

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