Saturday, 22 October 2011


From our mooring at bridge 101 Molly and I walked into Braunston

Men at work at bridge 99 ...
... repiling, dredging and infilling along the towpath - a good job
Some things get better and some don't! This boat was very low in the water at its bow ...
... and the stern was full of water - it won't be long before it looks like ...
... this one which was here when we came through here last in March this year
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The familiar sight of Braunston Church and the vane-less windmill
After filling the water tank at the stop house and enjoying a scrummy bacon sarnie from 
we winded and put our ropes on the 24-hour visitor mooring at bridge 95.
We're having some work done on the engine and rear deck and needed to be near a suitable parking space; we spoke to the BW enforcer and he agreed that it would be ok for us to stay here until Friday.
A visit from Gosty Hill to fill the diesel tank
A walk took us via Braunston Marina ...
and next door A J Canopies.  We spoke to Kathy the owner, the company is about to be contracted to provide and install canopies for the 30 Coalcraft wide beam water busses to be used in 2012 at the olympics .... well done AJ Canopies!
The Old Workshop, Braunston the B&B we used to stay at whilst Rock n Roll was being built opposite.  This is also the home of Bert and Betty The Braunston Boaters books and 
Tradline Fenders who supplied RnR's ropes and fenders when she was new
and Braunston Marina Shop and Office
The wharf and dry/wet docks were busy ...
... but it was a calm picture looking over Bottom Lock Bridge with Wharf House Chandlery on the right and Grand Union Canal Carries at the pump house on the left ...
... and in the other direction on the lock side is Bottom Lock Shop 
As we walk towards the village we see this calf - sleeping like a baby in the sunshine ...
... and these two chewing the cud!
The view from Butcher's Bridge towards the marina entrance is always a good one
and the view from the marina bridge is now calm too
Braunston Manor and Church from the towpath
and the sun going down at the stop house taken from the back of RnR
We had a knock on the boat - Maffi wondering if the kettle was on!  It was great that he had managed to catch up with us and to meet at last.
The 'other' No Problem reversing from the marina.
All the work on RnR finished and after a trip into Daventry for lunch and retail therapy with Ann
Moore 2 Life we were ready to leave Braunston once again.  We really do love it here, it's rather like 'coming home'.

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