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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Foxton to Market Harborough.

We have returned to the towpath just outside Union Wharf, Market Harborough, having cruised the 4.8 miles, in 2hrs. Whilst Keith went off to try and get our trolley tyres fixed, I went and did some Veg and Fruit shopping. We will be here for a couple of days, as we have appointment to keep.

Top of Foxton Locks to Black Horse Bridge.

Hi Friends.

Having spent a lovely weekend above the Foxton Locks we are now moored at Black Horse Bridge, Foxton after a pleasant run down through Foxton locks this morning. We can now enjoy the afternoon Autumn sunshine whilst we wait for my customers, who are collecting coal later on.

Welford Arm to Foxton.

Hi Friends.

We are now moored next to Gumley Road Bridge No.60, just above Foxton top lock. Having cruised 8.6 miles, worked 1 lock, in 3hrs 30mins. It has been a foggy old morning. Even in Husbands Bosworth tunnel. So much so that we could not see the exit portal until we were 300 metres from it. Hadar was pushing the fog through the tunnel! Time for some much needed lunch and then we will see what the afternoon brings.

Yesterday we travelled to, and moored up for the night at Welford Wharf outside the Wharf Inn, but we couldn't get a decent internet connection to report our location at the time. We delivered coal to the Inn which should last them until December.

Now above the Buckby Flight.

Hi Friends.

We are now moored above Buckby top lock, have cruised 1.9miles, worked 7 locks, in 2hrs 10mins. We are close to the New Inn Pub. We had a nice cruise up the flight, with the help of the crews off of Relaine and Annie Rose, who followed us up the flight. Thank you for their help. We have had an afternoon of boat jobs, which are now all done. Moored in front of us are Ray and Jayne on NB No Direction. Tomorrow we are heading on to the Leicester Arm to begin the Winter coal run properly, so if you need coal and your on the Leicester Arm from Crick down to Market Harborough, please look out for us.

Stoke Bruerne to Muscott's Bridge (18)

Hi Friends.

Keith and I enjoyed a fantastic weekend at Stoke Bruerne. The Village at War event was just brilliant. So a huge thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a wonderful event. Although Sunday was a wet day, people still came out and enjoyed everything that was going on. We will definitely be going again next year.

We left Stoke Bruerne this morning behind the Cheese and Fudge boats and are now moored at Muscutt Bridge (18) near the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village, which we paid a visit too.


On our journey this morning we met up with Lesley off of nb Caxton and Jill off of nb Matilda Rose, they were out walking their dogs. We did not get the opportunity to stop for a chat, but hopefully we will see them again sometime for a proper natter.

It has been a wonderful day, with lots of sunshine. Tomorrow we will make our way up the Buckby Flight. Let's hope we have someone to share with.

At Stoke Bruerne.

Hi Friends.

We are now safely moored at Stoke Bruerne ready for the "Village at War" weekend this coming weekend. We have been looking forward to this for some time, and it always nice to know we have arrived in plenty of time and not been held up on the way, phew, what a relief.
We only cruised for 2 hours and did 5.3 miles, but at least we stayed dry. The forecast was for heavy rain. The wettest part of the cruise was in Blisworth Tunnel.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Almost at Stoke Bruerne.

Hi friends.

We have had a long day today travelling from Crick to Bridge 42 on the Grand Union Main line between Bugbrooke and Gayton junction. 14.9 miles, 14 locks, 8hrs 20mins, phewww! Still just a short run tomorrow to Stoke Bruerne ready for the weekend, which we are both looking forward to ;0)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mountain Barn Bridge to Crick

Hi friends old and new.

We left our overnight mooring at Mountain Barn Bridge and are now moored at Crick for the weekend, after cruising in strong winds and a howling gale. With the weather taking a down turn, coal sales are on the increase, as people decide it is time to light their fires. It was nice catching up with some old friends and meeting some new friends, who we hope to supply coal to this Winter, as we continue the coal run from Crick to Kilby Bridge, Welford and Market Harborough. Life does not get much better than this.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Welford Junction to Mountain Barn Bridge.

Hi Friends.

We only cruised for a couple of hours and did 5.5miles. We are now moored near Mountain Barn Bridge No.27, we passed Callisto today, we must stop meeting them at bridge 'oles and bends :-) Had Ravioli for lunch and now watching 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' a real classic.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Market Harborough to Foxton.

Hi Friends.

We have set off from Market Harborough for the "Village at War" weekend at Stoke Bruerne, but are stopping overnight near Foxton Junction for tonight, 5.15 miles 2hrs 25mins. A long the route this morning we dropped off coal to a couple of our customers and look forward to seeing them when we come back. It was a pleasant morning in the sunshine.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Happy Birthday.

Hi Friends.

We are back at Market Harborough for the weekend.
Keith is celebrating his Birthday today, so Happy Birthday sweetheart xxx.
It was a chilly old morning this morning, I was glad I kept the back cabin stove in overnight.
We are staying here for at least the weekend and then we will see what Monday brings.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Black Horse Bridge, Foxton to Bridge 14 Market Harborough.

Hi Friends.

Having had a Tesco food delivery this morning. We winded the boat below Foxton Locks and headed back towards Market Harborough. We are now moored at bridge 14, opposite the Union Canal Society moorings and will be here for a few days as Keith has to have blood tests done and we then have to wait for the results.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Market Harborough to Foxton Village.

We have returned to Black Horse Bridge Foxton, ready for our Tescos delivery tomorrow. We have to return to Harborough tomorrow, so Keith can have some blood tests done Wednesday morning.

We have had a fabulous time this past few days. Saturday we celebrated our Sixth Wedding Anniversary with a meal at The Shoulder of Mutton in Foxton, which was excellent. We also went to the Quids for Kids Coffee Morning held in Market Harborough by David Irving a radio presenter with Hfm. We were fortunate to be offered a lift with Stu and Kendall also radio presenters on Hfm. On Sunday we moved the boat to Market Harborough and went to the Arts Fresco event in the town, which was packed with over 30,000. The event was fantastic with street performers showing off their talents.
So all in all we have had a great time. I love being back on the Leicester Section of the Grand Union. We have been supplying our customers with their coal and have made some new contacts which are always welcome.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Saddington to Foxton.

Hi Folks.

We are now moored at Black Horse Bridge in Foxton after cruising for 4 miles, in 1hr 45mins. We spent a couple of days at Saddington, without any internet connection, due to poor mobile signal, so no one knew where we were. It was actually lovely to not be online for a change lol. We enjoyed a lovely walk to Saddington Reservoir, whilst we were there and just chilled out. Looking forward to a nice weekend now.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Foxton to Market Harborough.

Hi Friends.

We are now moored for the rest of the weekend on the towpath just outside Union Wharf, Market Harborough having cruised 5.5miles, worked 0 locks, not even the swing bridge as it is open for repairs. It took us 2 hours to get here, having dropped off coal to a customer. We then had another customer come to meet us at the basin to collect their coal order. So Hadar's hold is a little emptier. It is nice to be back on the Leicester Section of the Grand Union doing our Coal Run for the Second Year. We will be here now until the end of March, selling Coal, Kindling, Firelighters and Toilet Blue, so if you see us about come and say hello. We are looking forward to catching up with all our customers over the next few months.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Welford Arm to the Bottom of Foxton Locks.

We are now moored close to Foxton Junction, down the Market Harborough arm, having cruised 9 miles, worked 11 locks, in 5hrs 10mins.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Buckby Flight to the Welford Arm

Hi Folks.

We are now at the Welford Arm, having had a long but fantastic days cruising. We managed to cruise for 8 hrs and 35mins, doing 17.4 miles and 9 locks. I lost count of the bridges we went under ha ha ha. At the Watford flight Keith and I helped set locks for the four boats coming down, so we are now Cream Crackered but in a good way.
Hi to Diana and Brian on NB Return to Sender, who very kindly bought coal from us whilst coming down the Watford Flight. Thank you and we hope we will see you again sometime for a longer chat. I know you read the blog, so now you are famous for five minutes LOL.
Dinner is cooking so all is very well with our world. I think we may both sleep well tonight.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Stoke Bruerne to Anchor Cottage, Buckby Flight.

Loved this sign at Bugbrooke.

We are now moored at Anchor Cottage, Buckby Wharf, having cruised 14.3 miles, worked 6 locks, in 7hrs 30mins.

It was the longest cruising day this year for us 7½hours, but it has been a lovely day. We saw Barbara on nb Cloud Nine, which was lovely. We shared the locks with Keith and Jan on nb Salamander who are visiting from off the Middle Levels. We stopped near Anchor Cottage and moored up, where Keith made enquiries at the shop about unpainted real Water Cans, and she going to see if she can get him a couple. To finish off a perfect day we bought a couple of Mint Choc Cornetto's.