Yesterday, we set off from Hawkesbury Junction - and set off for the Atherstone locks - all 11 of them ! I must say I wasn't looking forward to them because my knees hurt pushing the gates (arthritis and knackered knees - too much Jane Fonda in the 80's!) - it seems that 7 locks in a row is about my limit for my knees, without succumbing to a Neurofen ! I will revisit that number when the sun comes out - it may be that the rain and cold are hindering them too !!
However, I digress, we met a lovely couple in front of us, who we helped when we could, plus they turned out to be single locks - and downhill - which all seems easier somehow ! Paul hopped in and out of the boat when he could to start a lock or help to finish it - so it wasn't all down to me ! Also, I had some help from my boys this time - I tied them to the post at most of the locks and they watched the boat disappearing down into the depths before their eyes !!
|Where's Daddy disappearing down that big hole??|
We even met a 'canal boat spotter' at one of the locks - so he kept me amused for a wee while ! He was actually writing down the names of all the boats he came across - and was telling me lots of stories while I was waiting at the lock !
|My 'canal boat spotter' friend at one of the locks !|
|Such good puppies .... just waiting - and all kitted up with their life jackets!|
The weather yesterday was mainly cold but dry - only started to rain when we got closer to our destination, so that was a big bonus ! On the way we went past some working boats - really pretty picturesque - look like some kind of repair yard for working boats ...
Mind you - I think this boat and house might need a bit of extra TLC !
|My arty shot ! How did I do, Barry?!|
We also passed through masses of rape seed oil fields - Paul spotted this girl riding through - how my friend in Sydney would love to do this ...
|Nice tree !|
Paul got me to pose for my new wellies .... whilst doing one of the locks ...
|Pretty cool eh? Not me, the wellies !!|
Anyway - after a quick water stop, we landed at Polesworth last night - just in time to get ready and meet Tracy and Russ at Bridge no 54! Russ has gotten the pewter coal bucket engraved for Paul's old boss in Sydney - this was one of his leaving gifts. We are very chuffed with it - just what we needed !
We went out for dinner with Tracy and Russ last night - it was pretty weird to be in a car again! They picked us up and we seemed to drive miles to a pub that Russ had found on the internet - it just doesn't seem right that we have just spent all those days covering ground that only takes about 20 mins or less in a car!!!!!
So today - we had a cruisy day - we are not moving this weekend - we will leave the bank-holiday-makers to the canal and probably move on Monday. We had a little walk around Polesworth this morning with the dogs - met some lovely people, got some shopping and headed back to the boat for some lunch.
|Doing our tourist bit in Polesworth - at the old Abbey|
|My union jack fix for the day - in a cake shop window in Polesworth|
On the way back to the boat we stopped and had a chat with some fellow boaters - who were fixing up their engine. Brilliant characters ! When we finally got back to the boat, we did a bit of sorting and cleaning, Paul lit a fire and then later this arvo Paul settled down to watch some football thing while I sorted out our photos and did this blog! (Oh yes - I remember now - it was the FA Cup Final !). Dear ol' Paul - he was in his little element - had the footie on, a beer in his hand, the fire blazing, the animals lounging all around him - and just now we are going out for our first Indian in the UK - I am excited about that too !
Toodloo for now !