Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Wednesday 20th May 2009 - Coventry
The most glorious and awesome space I've ever had the privilege to be in - we were bowled over by Coventry Cathedral (especially the glass with the sun shining through it), and we took so many photographs which really do not give them the justice they deserve - I've just put a few of them here.

the old adjacent to the new --------good versus evil

reflection of the old in the new - outside looking in

from the outside ..............................and the inside

the detail ---------------------- the alter cross

chapel of Christ in Gethsemene

Baptistry Window--------Christ in Glory
St Michaels - the old cathedral which was bombed on November 14th 1940

The tower looking down from the tower into the nave

looking into the new cathedral from the old

The Priory, surrounding architecture and views

Priory Gardens

Lychgate Cottages

a bird's eye view from the tower of the surrounding area

Visitor centre square -------------- The Deanery

Blue Coat School ------- Golden Cross
Priory Street

Wetherspon Pub!

Whittle Arches outside the Transport Museum - well worth a visit

Monday, 25 May 2009

Wednesday 20th May 2009

New water for us today as we're off to Coventry. Had not heard very good press about leaving the boat unattended in Coventry Basin but we had to find out for ourselves although we had decided that we would return to Hawkesbury tonight rather that stay in Coventry overnight.

We were up very early - excited as neither of us had ever visited Coventry before - the weather forecast wasn't good and we wanted to arrive before the bad weather came in. This photo was taken at 5am at Hawkesbury facing the pump house...

... and in the other direction!

This bridge is just after Hawkesbury Junction bridge which would be on your left.

Saw this swan along the way, she also has cygnets on her back under her wings

Some of the new bridges are real works of art - this one is just before reaching the basin.

Tuesday 19th May 2009

We left the Ashby early this morning and turned left back onto the Coventry canal - took this picture at 8.30 of the 'other' Rock'n'Roll also painted blue!
Sunday 17th May 2009

It's staying lighter so much later now - this was taken early evening at 10 past 7 pm

Saturday 16th May 2009

We've had lots of rather viscious showers today, but the dramatic skies and rainbows are a sight to behold!

The swallows are out in force, diving and swooping just above the water - kept us watching out of the windows nearly all day.

Friday 15th May 2009
Arrived back at Trinity Marina on Tuesday and caught up with washing etc and upsticks this morning.

This small boat has been left tied to a post by the bridge and making passage through the bridge a bit difficult. We tried to move it ourselves, but there was too much water inside which made it too heavy and too cumbersome for us, so we rang BW and reported it - hope they came to sort it out fairly soon.

Tuesday 5th to Tuesday 12th May 2009

We've booked into Trinita Marina from today and hired a car to take us to Scotland for our grand-daughter Alice's first communion/confirmation. We had a great week

Monday 4th May 2009

Dawn - 20 past 4 - in the morning!!

Received these pictures in the post. Our grandson Adam (15) is raising money via sponserhip and doing jobs to pay his way on a World Challenge to Namibia in July 2010. To help raise the £3,265 he needs for this month long trim, he and his mum did an absail from the Falkirk Wheel on April 18th and have already raised a considerable amount. Thanks to all who have supported them - if anyone else would like to sponser Adam please contact me via this blog.

Sharon and Adam receiving their medals and certificates after absailing from the Falkirk Wheel.

Sharon is terified of heights and took some hard pursuading to let go at the top, but she looks happy enough here and said that she really enjoyed it once she'd let go! We're proud of her!! and Adam too of course.

Friday 1st May 2009

Left Hawkesbury yesterday and we're back once again at our favourite place on the ashby - picture taken at 7.30pm - lovely!

Wednesday 29th April 2009

Upsticks from Brinklow yesterday and now moored at Hawkesbury Junction.

Walked into Bedworth today - lots of empty shops - still can't get used to seeing Woolworths closed up. These Alms Houses are fabulous - all the arches and wonderful barley twist chimneys.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Monday 27th April 2009

Walked into Brinklow to collect the post- bluebells and red campion are in the hedgerows

Brinklow main street; the houses here are very varied, some very old and some very very new, but a lovely village.

Upsticks this afternoon and called at Rose Narrowboats for fuel etc., and moored for the night by Hopsford Aquaduct - a nice mooring even though slightly shallow here.

Saturday 25th April 2009

A lovely scene looking back as we cruised and eventually moored at bridge 34 - good moorings here too

Friday 24th April 2009

Approaching bridge 68 - heading for Tesco and another shopping marathon!

Thursday 23rd April 2009

Calves watching our progress towards Hillmorton locks

Wednesday 22nd April 2009

Woke up this morning to a thick mist

but is soon cleared so that these tiny chicks could see where they were!

Tuesday 22nd April 2009

Upsticks from Braunston yesterday and moored here at bridge 88 - another very pretty sunset