Graham was up and at-em at 8am to try and make back some time lost yesterday afternoon. Brenda stayed in bed and enjoyed the cup of he tea he’d delivered before starting.
What followed was a pleasant days cruising along familiar waters. Graham liked the flower bed made from an old narrowboat that stands at the entrance to Mancetter marina.
Wildlife of the day was hearing what we believed to be three Jays having a contretemps in woodland adjacent to the canal. Our ornithological skills were confirmed when one took off and flew over us.
Between Nuneaton and Bedworth an enormous new warehouse is being constructed. I have never seen one this big before.
Near Marston Junction we met an Ashby hireboat in the bridge hole. Luckily we did not hit and managed to pass with no-one being hurt in the incident.
As we approached Bedworth we notice that Grace, the boat of our friends Christine and Terry was moored on their garden mooring so we pulled over for a chat, cuppa and cake on Jannock. They had only been home for 20 minutes after being out on their own cruise up the Ashby canal.
Meeting over, we continued down to Hawksbury junction where we turned onto the North Oxford canal and passed through the shallow stop lock. The rural smell of farmland being enriched (muck spreading) dominated once we were through Ansty but for 1 mile between bridges 19 and 24 the smell changed and so did the colour of the canal water – it smelt and looked as if the canal had been polluted with processed sewage (no floating bits). Graham decided to ring CaRT and report it, he was not the first and they are investigating.
Back into Brinklow marina and refill the diesel tank with 145 litres before battling the cross wind to get to our pontoon mooring. Back home tomorrow once Graham has fetched the car from Atherstone.