Saturday, May 05, 2018

And we’re off!

Saturday 5th May 2018

Wildlife of the day – Jays

Shock of the day – a beautiful warm bank holiday weekend (after yet more winter)TheMoorings

We set off from Brinklow marina in glorious sunshine and no wind. This made extracting Jannock from the pontoon very easy – I hope it’s like that when we come back in the autumn.

A nice run up through Stretton and just before we passed below the M6, I spotted a Jet fighter parked in a filed alongside the motorway. Must have been fun getting that in there. Going by the sounds of shooting, I suspect it is a ‘militaria’ action site.

Jet In FieldOn through Ansty and just before Sutton’s the people who live on the offside with a collection of old commercial vehicles were playing with their Rushton Hornsby digger to an enthusiastic audience.

Onward to Hawksbury where, once we were through the stop lock, I managed to execute my best ever single turn around onto the Coventry canal. The Nuneaton trip boat was moored outside the lock on the offside and that forced me to take a slightly wider turn – it worked beautifully using a single throttle setting and no reversing.

On up to Bedworth where we stopped for a cup of tea and a natter with the crew ofPlayingDiggers Grace in their canalside bungalow. A couple of hours later, we continued North until we just cleared Bedworth (near the old rubbish tip) where we tied up so that I could polish the starboard side of the boat and varnish the rear seat and tiller handle.

It was a nice peaceful overnight mooring with no intrusive train noises even though we were not too far from the railway – the joy of having a mound of earth between you and the track.


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