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Friday, May 29, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Foxton Top Lock to Union Wharf, Market Harborough.

Now moored at Union Wharf, Market Harborough, looking forward to seeing many friends who live here.

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Keith.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Welford to Foxton Top Lock.

Moored above Foxton Locks​ where we will spend the weekend and hopefully do some trade.

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We are moored near Richard and Ruth, so at least we are in good company. Had a couple of ales with them in Bridge 61 for the evening.

Keith.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Welford Lock to Welford Wharf

Big journey today, moved from just above Welford lock to one of the towpath moorings near the wharf, and then ½ an hour later moved to the wharf itself, ready for our Tesco delivery tomorrow.SAM_1182

Keith.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Yelvertoft to Welford Lock

Now moored above Welford lock, just in time too, we had just shut the boat up when we had hailstones!

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Keith.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Braunston Top Lock to Yelvertoft Marina

Now moored opposite Yelvertoft Marina, rain stopped play, but not before Jo had her first ever turn at taking Hadar through locks at Watford, she did OK. She took the helm at the 1st of the 4 staircase locks and took her up through them and even into the single lock at the top. She said she actually found it easier than she thought she would.SAM_1174 SAM_1175SAM_1176SAM_1177

Keith.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Boat House Braunston to Braunston Top Lock

Moored above Braunston top lock, behind Aldgate. Had a great journey up the locks in company with Tony & Sue, made a nice change to share the locks with another boat, and lots of boats coming down the flight setting the locks open for us.

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Keith.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Napton Junction to The Boathouse, Braunston

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Moored in Braunston opposite “The Boathouse”.

Had lunch there Saturday, Jo’s favourite curry, Pasanda was on the menu, so 2 of those washed down with Marston’s Pedigree, rude not too really!

Keith.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Claydon Top Lock to Napton Junction

Sunny day travelling across the Claydon/Napton summit to just past Napton junction, we have even been sitting out on the towpath enjoying the sunshine, both Paddy and Marmite enjoyed rolling in the gravel of the towpath. Staying here tomorrow to avoid the rain.

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Taking on water below Napton locks.

 

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Keith.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cropredy to Claydon Top Lock

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A great run up onto the summit, a tad breezy up here so we have moored just above Claydon top lock.

Keith

Monday, May 11, 2015

Banbury to Cropredy

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Having had a great weekend at Banbury we winded and headed back north to Cropredy.

Keith.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Cropredy to Banbury.

We let go at 8.00 am and our first port of call was the Sanitary Station, where we filled up with water, empty the rubbish and both the toilet cassettes.
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We were very fortunate that at the locks we met boats coming up, so the locks were left ready for us.
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it is sad to see Bourton Lock cottage is still not finished. We met the couple who were doing it up in 2009 and they seemed in full flow as to what was going to happen to the cottage. But it looks like nothing much has happened since.
A nice smooth cruise into Banbury, which was extremely quiet boat wise, which was somewhat of a surprise.
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Having tied up at 10.45 am, we shut the boat up and strolled into the town to see what changes had taken place. We were actually hoping the Top Wok Chinese Buffet was still there and phew it was. So that was where we had a scrummy lunch. We had a lovely chat with the lady running it as we ate a very good lunch. With being pleasantly full, we had a walk around the town and of course did the charity shops, where we found Keith a couple of tank tops and I got some more DVD’s for 70p each in the Katherine House Hospice Charity Shop. Banbury is a fabulous town, but like with many towns and cities it has empty shops and is suffering.
We are going to stay here for the weekend, so we can enjoy Banbury a bit more.
Jo

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Claydon Top Lock to Cropredy

Safely arrived at Cropredy, had a quick walk around the village, not much changed in 5 years.

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Polling station is open but not very busy.

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Keith.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Wormleighton to Glebe Farm

Windy day to be travelling, was raining soon after we set off but didn't last for very long. We are now moored and being buffeted by the strengthening wind at Glebe Farm just north of Claydon locks.

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Keith.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Marmite Enjoying the Bank Holiday Sunshine.

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Paddy found a shady spot.

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Keith.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Generator

Fun and games this morning, and I thought it was going to be a restful Sunday.

Started the generator and after a few minutes it stopped. Had this in the past which then was a blocked fuel filter. New fuel filters fitted, but lift pump wouldn't pump fuel up so out comes the manual pump, still no fuel coming through both filters, so refitted manual pump above remote filter, still no joy. Filter off again and reseated, worked this time. Decided that whilst I was in the vicinity I would bypass the small filter mounted on the engine as it is not needed (something I have discussed with BSS as the plastic bowl doesn't meet their safety standards). It also cuts down having to buy 2 types of filter when only 1 is necessary. Restarted generator and everything is hunky dory until it stops again! Changed the oil filter just in case it was blocked, but no joy, only left the cooling water. Undid the pressure cap on the top tank and topped up with water. All working fine again now. Must remember next time to check the water first!

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Broken Fan Belt.

Discovered yesterday during our journey that the starter alternator fan belt had broken, replaced it this morning, without too much fuss apart from the sheared alternator bolt, but had a spare handy fortunately. Not a difficult job except there are 4 fan belts in all, and this one was the rearmost of the 4, so the other 3 had to be removed first to be able to get the new one fitted, so both the domestic alternator and the engine water pump had to be slackened to remove the 3 belts, a pain but such is life. I obviously have my strength back to be able to shear a bolt!

Keith.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Napton Junction to Bridge No.126 on the Southern Oxvrod Canal

Moored at Bridge No.126 on the Southern Oxford canal, on the summit level midway between Wormleighton and Priors Hardwick, where we will spend the Bank Holiday weekend.

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Napton Hill windmill.

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Our journey up through Napton locks was made easier with the help of the volunteer lockie who went ahead of us setting the locks in our favour.

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Marston Doles top lock of the Napton flight.

 SAM_1140 However I noticed during our journey that the ignition light was on, checked when we stopped and fortunately only a broken alternator fan belt, something to fix over the weekend.

Last night I thought my laptop had thrown a wobbly, Windows wouldn't boot up properly, but all OK this morning, wasn't looking forward to having to do a full recovery.

Keith.