Just bought this lovely model railway set on eBay, for £40.39, including postage, bargain! Looking forward to receiving it soon.
Short trip from Radford Semele to Leamington Spa, where we went for a celebratory lunch (to celebrate having had a great trip) at our favourite Chinese Buffet.
Then moved an even shorter distance to moor outside Morrison's, but went shopping at Aldi.
Then we set off on our final leg to our home mooring in the Saltisford Arm. As much as we both have had a great time this year, it is nice to be back home.
Delay to start with at Calcutt locks with a nearly empty pound, but the 2 boats in front sorted that out, although we have followed these 2 boats all the way down, so all 23 locks were against us!
We shared some of the Stockton locks with a nice couple who joined us as we waited for them at the 2nd lock down, and we left them at Blue Lias as they wanted water. I think this lock cottage would look perfect without the TV antenna and satellite dish!
I spotted these models behind Welsh Road lock cottage.
Moored near the winding hole at Radford Semele.
We passed Martin Fuller on "Cutter" closely followed by Joe Fuller on "Pinner", returning from the steam rally in Coventry.
Now moored at Tusses Bridge No.4 on the North Oxford canal, just south of Hawkesbury.
We have had to start moving again today as we have a cooling problem with our generator, which is either a blocked pipe or the water pump has failed. I am leaning towards the blocked pipe theory as it has gradually got worse, and if a water pump is going to fail it usually starts squealing, well in cars it does. We can easily sort it out once we get back to our mooring in Warwick. Now moored below Atherstone bottom lock.
We set off from Hopwas this morning, keeping our fingers crossed for the weather. It is good to see they have completed the buildings at Fazeley junction.
The River Tame is in good flow!
We have moored up opposite “The Samuel Barlow” at Alvecote Marina.
Having had a great lunch meal at “The Samuel Barlow” we sat watching the England – Wales football match on the big television, and along came Martin Fuller on “Cutter” and Joe Fuller on “Pinner”, I wasn’t quick enough to catch Martin with my camera, but just about caught Joe, darn useless camera!.
After the match finished we went and had a cuppa with Rod on “Biddie” and as we were leaving to go back to “Hadar” I just about managed to photo this rather large Carp in the marina.
Short trip today to Rugeley, Bridge No.67. Food shop at Aldi done, cat food shop at Tesco done, lunch, courtesy of Aldi, is in the oven, if the rain that has started has stopped after lunch then we will wander around the town.
Yesterday morning we took a walk along the floating market, chatting to the various traders. At lunchtime we went to the Clifford Arms. I returned to Hadar to pick up our 2 axes for Dave on Anon to make us some leather axe head covers, and then the heavens opened accompanied by thunder and lightning, and despite our best efforts we got drenched.
It stopped raining sometime during the night. The River Trent is flowing well this morning.
Good start to the day, picking up our new top plank from Roger Fuller, who had arranged for it to be delivered to his yard. Had a quick chat with Martin Fuller at the yard. Then things went downhill with queues at the locks. What was supposed to be a short day ended up as 6½ hours! Still Stuart and Dawn are moored here at Great Haywood junction, where we have moored for the night, so we had tea and cake with them when we got here.
Today we moved to our allotted mooring for the Etruria Canals Festival, just below the staircase locks at the start of the Caldon canal, alongside narrowboats Birmingham, Marquis and Cassiopeia. Quite a few boats now assembled already. more expected tomorrow.