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.
I hope you will join me in my rambles and do please comment – I love to hear from and meet new people in blogland!
Saturday, 22 June 2019
Yesterday we left Crick, heading off through the tunnel, where there was a Bat flying around in the mouth of the tunnel. The boat in front of us must have disturbed it. Lots of boats heading to the top of Watford locks it seemed.
By the time we had nattered and laughed, it was getting late, so we trudged back up the hill to the boat. With the idea that we would stay put for the Rally. But then came the news that we could breast up with Ruth and Richard for the Rally, so we would be heading off again in the morning.
Saturday boating for us is not something we usually do, but this morning we had a mooring to get too and so once the locks were opened at 9 am, we joined John and Nev on NB Destiny to descend the flight. We seem to keep meeting up with them and they were an absolute joy to share with.
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Thursday, 20 June 2019
Having left the festival, we cruised to Welford Junction, where we met up with Ruth and Richard, whilst they stopped for a Bacon and Egg sandwich.
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Tuesday, 18 June 2019
What an fantastic time we have had this past few days. We spent Thursday and Friday helping set up the site for the Foxton Locks Festival.
Saturday was the beginning of a new and wonderful period in our lives, because we had family come to see us. We have not seen them for fourteen and nineteen years, so it was very special. We also got to meet our grandson's for the first time, which was amazing. I have always dreamt of seeing my girls again and my dream came true. Becky my middle daughter and Keith's son Oliver live together and they have Oscar 6 and Orion 10 months and Stephanie my youngest daughter came with Daniel her partner. Such a wonderful weekend was had, finished off with a meal at the Foxton Locks Inn for Fathers Day. It was Keith's first proper Fathers Day in 35 years. I was sad to see them go home on Sunday afternoon, after we had such a special time together, but we are planning many more visits.
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PS. I have not posted family photographs for privacy reasons.
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
It has been a day of dry weather for a while and boats arriving.
The morning began with low cloud drizzle, but soon the skies were brighter and it actually felt warmer.
Friends Jimmy and Jenny, came past heading back to their mooring in Market Harborough, but had a bit of a wait to go down the locks, so we had a good old natter. Down at the bottom a boat had broken down, whilst trying to come up the locks, with two boats behind it, so they had to reverse them all down through the locks, so they could allow others to use the flight. Whilst we were chatting Michael on the Cheese Boat came up in front of them to take on water, before he reversed their boat into it festival position.
I had a crochet visit with Geraldine on the Cheese Boat, to teacher her a new stitch. She wanted to learn the stitches I am using for the Collie blankets. Whilst we did all things crochet, Keith and Michael were in the railway room talking trains.
Ruth and Richard Chamberlain arrived on Mountbatten and Jellicoe, winded and moored on their festival mooring.
You may have noticed that it is raining in the photograph and that is because come late afternoon the rain began to fall again, but hey ho we are all happy and that is the main thing.
Tomorrow we will be off volunteering. We are helping to set the site up. it is looking fair to middling for the weather tomorrow.
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Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Over the next few days I may be a little boring with my posts, or I may not post at all, because we are sat on a mooring waiting to help with the putting up of the festival site. The worry is the rain will cause issues, but we will be keeping our fingers tightly crossed in more ways than one, that the weather improves and the festival goes ahead. As of yet all is going forward, because the boat names were put out, so everyone knows where they are mooring for the weekend. Today we have moved forward by about three foot, to allow for the harbourmasters boat to fit in. We must not upset the harbourmaster :-), who is a lovely chap.
Anyway this past couple of days have been spent catching up with folk we know. Yesterday we spent a couple of hours with Geraldine and Michael on the Cheese Boat. It has been at least 4 years since we saw them last, so you can imagine how much we had to catch up on. Then Ray and Caroline arrived on Tranquil Days. They moor in the Arm over the Winter, so we last saw them in March, but there was still things to talk about. During the afternoon, we enjoyed cake and a cuppa in the Foxton Locks Museum as they celebrated their 50th Birthday. All in all a quiet relaxing day amongst friends.
Last night was stormy to say the least. We had lots of the wet stuff, which we definitely need and the wind was blowing a hooley all night. We did not rock and roll much, because we were moored up securely and we were also not under any trees to worry about, but I still had a disturbed sleep. I went off alright, but then woke up listening to the Sheep in the field next to us going ballistic. I was thinking all sorts of things, like perhaps there was Sheep napping going on or they had escaped. I think it was more the fact they did not enjoy the heavy rain or wind, because the field still had Sheep in it this morning. But these days you just never know. Anyway after a disturbed night, we were up at 8 am and the rain was still falling. The wind was still strong, but I wanted to get a laundry wash done, so I filled up my granny trolley and wandered down to the laundrette and did a wash. I was first down there, so did not have long to wait. I got myself a cuppa and sat in the dry, whilst the washing did its thing. The walk back up the locks was done in the dry. Once back on the boat the washing was hung up in the back cabin and engine room. During the afternoon, we had visitors to see the railway. Keith is always very proud to show off his creation to friends.
As Tuesday draws to a close, I am on to blanket number Fourteen for the Collies. With the weather still all over the place, I may get it finished by the end of the week, although we do have to get out and help with the festival site on Thursday and Friday.
Four more days to go.
If I do not post, I am busy.
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Sunday, 9 June 2019
Yesterday Saturday day 90 was somewhat of a washout for most of the day. I lit the stove and concentrated on my crochet and cooking until late afternoon, when the sun did actually put in an appearance. The rain was so welcome for us, but not for the Market Harborough Carnival, because due to the weather it was cancelled, which was incredibly sad for all concerned. The wind was blowing a hooley at times, so we could understand their decision. Apparently on the carnival field they lost three tents, so could not carry on. Anyway they decided to have a bit of a do on the Sunday instead, but no procession through the town. With the heavy rain during the morning, we discovered our Bullseye was leaking, so I covered it over with a plastic Roses box for now. I need to remove the sealant, and renew it all, but can only do that once we get home. With the sun coming out, we donned our coats and went for a walk down the locks. I get cabin fever if I am stuck inside for to long. I like to be doing something and outside. It was so lovely, we met up with Terry who used to be a lock keeper at Watford Locks, but is now retired. We had a good old chinwag with him and did a lot of catching up. Once back home, we spent the evening snuggled up on the boat.
This morning (Sunday), the sun was out and the wind was calm, so I got on with polishing the side of the boat, I had not had a chance to get done. We then we for a stroll to see who was about and to stretch our legs. I also got the chance to go out with my camera.
The weather for the next three days is apparently wet, so this afternoon we moved to junction of the inclined plane arm and winded, reversed back to top up with water, then took up our designated mooring for the Foxton Locks Festival, lock side of Bridge 60 100 yds no locks. Now looking forward to volunteering with the setting up for the festival.
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Friday, 7 June 2019
Ok now we all know we need months of rain to fill up the reservoirs, canals and rivers, but did you have to take the warmth away at the same time?
This morning we had a somewhat leisurely lay in bed with a cup of tea. After the last three days of being in dry dock, it felt like we should relax and chill. Up at 8 am with the weather dry, but a little nippy. To warm the cabin, I got on with baking a fruit cake and a Cheese, Onion and Broccoli quiche. Trouble was the heat from the cooker did not warm the cabin up enough, so yes I know it is June, but I have lit the saloon stove. There is something so comforting about seeing the glow from the stove and feeling its warmth spreading along the cabin. I know we will pay for it later, because we will be opening the doors, due to being too hot, but hey ho needs must and all that.
The weather after lunch took a turn to the wet side, which is of course very much needed and I am not going to sit here and say I hate the rain, because without it no one on boats will be going anywhere during the Summer, if we do not get some substantial water. There are already some restrictions up here, with the locks not opening until 10 am and closing at 4 pm. So there will be no moans from me about it raining. Of course I would like to think we could have good weather for the 15th and 16th June, so the Foxton Locks Festival is not a washout. I do want some warmth back though, if that could be arranged.
I always think it would be wonderful if you could switched the rain on at night and then turn it off during the daytime, but that would only happen in a perfect world.
Due to the weather, I have spent the day cleaning inside the boat and sorting things out. The baking was a bonus, and I fancied a quiche for lunch. We were also out of cake. I have also done a bit more crocheting on blanket number Thirteen.
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Thursday, 6 June 2019
I have been in the dead zone as far as the internet and phone signal is concerned. Our boat has been in dry dock being blacked.
Mikron Theatre Group perform 'All Hand on Deck'. It was absolutely brilliant and a good time was had by all.
This morning Les came in full of a cold to let us out of dry dock. He was going to let us out and then go home to bed and I cannot say I blame him.
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Saturday, 1 June 2019
We are still moored at Welford Junction on the Leicester Line of the Grand Union. I have continued with my painting.
With it being a beautiful day today (Saturday). There has been plenty of comings and goings with boats. Some of them were entertaining to say the least and I really feel like I am going to start a fender poll. So many boats have there rear fenders dragging in the water, which is not the done thing. Either the owners do not realise they have fender droop or they cannot be bothered to sort it out. The junction has been also a source of entertainment, with boats doing a kind of boat dance to avoid each other. There have been boats coming in and out of the junction to fast, so getting themselves into all sorts of issues, including visiting the reeds on several occasions. We have heard every variety of horn being blown today as well. It beats watching TV.
Anyway let the fun begin again tomorrow I say.
We have been blessed everyday by the visit of a couple of Red Kite's, Buzzards and I saw a Water Vole. Also flying are the planes and gliders out of Husbands Bosworth. It has been a truly wonderful few days here.
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Thursday, 30 May 2019
This morning I woke to sunshine and the thought that I would get on with more paintwork. Not so welcome was the wind blowing across the mooring towards the canal, which meant the petals off the Hawthorn bushes was blowing onto the boat. But I am not one to be put off. I wanted to rub down and paint the roof over the bathroom and galley, which thankfully had a gap in the hedge by them, so I decided to go for it and get on with rubbing down the roof. I set Keith to work rubbing down the forend.
After a spag bol lunch, I went off for a stroll with my camera.
Welford Junction was a hive of activity today. There were boats coming and going all day and the moorings behind us are no full up.
More painting tomorrow.
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Wednesday, 29 May 2019
Bank Holiday Monday dawned and the sun was out, so we thought great we will get some trading done. We did not put anything out till 11 am, because there was no one around early doors. All set up and sitting watching the clouds begin to roll in. Then came the spots of rain on the surface of the cut arghhhh. Covers out and placed over our sale things. The rain stops and the covers come off. We had a few buying customers, but the rain began to fall again and again the covers went on. This went on for over an hour and we both then said "we give up". We put everything back in their boxes and packed them back into the hold. There was no point in carrying on. After lunch, we walked down the locks and I bought us a pint and a packet of pork scratchings to cheer us up.
Tuesday was the day to start painting the roof over the back cabin and the engine room. Because we had been moored under trees, which were dropping leaves and blossom, we moved the other side of the bridge onto a mooring with no overhanging trees and bushes.
The side hatches also got some TLC and I will finish those over the coming days.
This morning I got on with second coating the roof, hatches and forend with paint. There was little in the way of sunshine, but the paint soon dried. Between 3:00 pm and 4:00pm we were expecting a Tesco food delivery. I suggested we get there early just in case it arrived early. Good thing we turned up at the road junction early as it arrived at 2:40pm!. We decided to make a move and so we set off towards Welford Junction, hoping to find a mooring where their were no overhanging trees, so I can do the other half of the roof tomorrow. Whilst on the move, I stowed the food shop away. Having come out the other side of Husbands Bosworth tunnel we were greeted by rain. We moored up at Welford junction, Having done 7 miles.
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Sunday, 26 May 2019
On Friday, we moved from Clarke's Bridge and came up through Foxton Locks and moored up at bridge 60 the other side of the locks. The reason being we figured as it was a Bank Holiday Weekend, it may well get rather busy and so we wanted to get our place set for trading over the weekend. When we got to the top of the locks, there was only one boat moored on the 48 hour moorings, which are always quiet now, since they have put on the penalty of a £25 fine for each day you overstay.
With us being on the other side of bridge 60, we are on 14 day moorings and can stay here, trade and get some paintwork done, if the weather allows.
Saturday dawned and the sun was shining, so we set up shop for the day.
The answer is, you go for a walk in it. I was going a little stir crazy being shut inside, so decided we needed to stretch our legs.
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