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Sunday, April 30, 2023

Bank Holiday Flypast

 When you open your engine room doors


 
We had our own private bank holiday flypast

Keith

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Bridge No.33 to Bridge No.3

 Started off fine, but slight drizzle stopped play just as we were mooring up. No queue at Watford locks, and only 1 boat coming up the staircase. Now moored after bridge No.3 of the Leicester line of the Grand Union, where we were 12 days ago.

 11¼ miles 7 locks 1 tunnel in 4hrs 50mins. what3words /// polished.denser.contoured 

Piling work



Yelvertoft Marina, I know it is, it says so on the sign



Jo steering



Nice to see so many cowslips along the towpath



Crick Marina, I know it is, it says so on the sign



Crick tunnel



Who's nicked the front of me boat!



Approaching Watford top lock



The M1 crossing the canal above Watford locks



Temporarily moored above the locks waiting to go down



Whilst waiting I took a couple of photos from around the locks



This one too, showing the side pond between the top lock and the start of the staircase



One of the side ponds filling from the lock



Going down



A bit leaky behind me



Very leaky behind me, still washed the counter off for us



Exiting Watford bottom lock



Now moored back at Bridge No.3

Keith

Friday, April 28, 2023

Dry Docking Part 2 and Back to Bridge No.33

 Bit of catching up to do with our docking photos now we are out of the dry dock and have moved back to Bridge No.33 on the Leicester line.

5 miles 1 lock in 1hr 50mins. what3words ///deprives.name.registers

Once the hull had been jet-washed Tuesday we had to wait for the hull to dry



Tuesday morning Jo made a start on rubbing down and primering the bow



Once dry the hull didn't look too bad



!st coat of blacking



Jo got started on the tunnel bands



Wednesday Jo did more on the bow



I did the weed hatch cover



Jo blacking the rubbing strakes between the tunnel bands



Whilst we were outside in the fresh air for a break we spotted this muntjac deer running across the field behind the dry dock



Stern painting finished



Bow painting finished



And the other side



This morning the dock was refilled with water



Nearly ready to leave



We temporarily moored at the wharf to take on water



Welford lock



Welford junction



I knew we were 28 miles from Leicester at this point, it said so on the mile post



Now moored near Bridge No.33 again

Keith

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Dry Docking

 This morning work began with emptying the dock, the worst was scrapered off, then jet washed. Painting will start tomorrow when she is dry.

Pumping the water out of the dock



Ready to get started



Ready to get started



She only just fits in the dock



At both ends!



Pressure washing

Keith

Monday, April 24, 2023

Welford Wharf

 This morning we moved to the wharf mooring ready to go into the dry dock later today.

0hrs, 5mins, 0 locks. what3words ///airbrush.stays.employers😊


Keith

Into Dry Dock

This evening we moved Hadar into the dry dock ready for this morning. 

what3words ///eyelashes.feasting.shells

Keith

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Welford Wharf Building Opening and Tree Festival

 Had a marvellous sunny day today with the official opening of the restored wharf side building here at the Welford wharf. Volunteers have been working on it for quite a few years, and it looks really good, and is again useable inside. There was a demonstration on making lime mortar at the lime kilns. There was also a tree festival in the Pocket Park, where local children had built a large bug hotel as part of the festival. We got to meet and spent a long time chatting with Keith and Gill on Effingham. 😊

The almost finished (finished enough to display) wharf side building at Welford wharf




The wharf side building at Welford wharf looking good after all the restoration work on it



A demonstration of lime mortar making at the lime kilns



A display of different stones etc. used



A display of different stones etc. used



Part of the tree festival in the Pocket Park



The newly built bug hotel in the Pocket Park as part of the tree festival



More of the tree festival



Keith and Gill departing on Effingham, having displayed her outside the restored building for most of the day

Keith