Friday 18th March we decide to move onto the Grand Union above the junction
leaving our peaceful mooring between bridges 101 and 100 ...
... we pass by some rather ropey boats ...
... this one used to float ...
... and was moored just here - what a mess the owner has left behind!
This is the point where the old canal used to run - you can just see here that it's still watered ....
... through the hedge you can see the farm where the old canal has been filled in ....
... and beyond the farm where there is another short watered stretch.
Although the puddle banks at Braunston have been greatly tidied up, they seem to attract quite a few craft that need more than a little TLC ...
- the weight of the stern on this one appears to be pulling it down much lower that it should be.
Braunston Church and that sale-less windmill in the distance ...
... and the junction - we went to through the right-hand bridge and backed-up for water then reversed into a mooring slot a couple of boats behind Moore2Life.
The sun has had it's hat on for a few days now so George and I have spent time catching up on jobs - spring cleaning inside and out, getting rid of 'stuff' not being used (you can be sure we'll want some of it back soon!), and washing all the curtains.
Wednesday 23rd we moved and moored up again just opposite The Boathouse pub.
We knew from Geoff and Mags on Seyella that Iain and Alsion on NB Gosty Hill was heading this way and hoped that he wouldn't turn right at the junction onto the North Oxford - Lucky us - he didn't.
... at a quarter past six they appeared alongside us - Iain brought her in close without so much as a kiss!
Brilliant - full tank once again - thanks Gosty Hill! We so much prefer to give our trade whenever possible to the canal traders.
10:15 the frost has gone and we're just about ready to Rock n Roll
The boys getting rid of the rubbish as we climb Radford Lock
Fosse Locks - note the unusual detail on the gate balance beams (handles to open lock gates)
Welsh Road Lock Cottage
Looking back at the bottom lock at Bascote you can clearly see how the now disused narrow lock on the left of this picture acts to allow the excess water flow into the pound (water between two locks) below ..
... and forwards to the 'staircase' .. the overflow from the locks above can now be seen on the right here.
Seeing this strange craft on on leaving our mooring the following morning did not make anything any clearer!
A fuel boat arrives as we enter the enter Cuttle Bridge and Geoff pulls over for coal, gas and diesel.
The Two Boats Inn was built in 1743 and at one time had a forge and stables for the boat horses - it now does an excellent pint of Abbots Ale (George says).
Stockton Locks - bottom sluice gates - it's quite unusual to be able to actually see these inside a lock, they are usually under the water level or set much further back in the recess - when the gate paddles are wound up/down they lift and lower the rod you can see here to let the water out of the lock.
Open countryside as we travel in a north-easterly direction towards Braunston.
It was nearly 16:45 as we pull in to moor for the night just past bridge 101. The day started with a good road as the locks were ready for us, and then it was a bad road, when we suddenly found them against us yet we couldn't see anything ahead of us; it's been a long day too, but playtime is nearly here. Geoff and Mags and Meg too are coming round for dinner as it's their 28th wedding anniversary today as well as the fact that we will be splitting up and going our separate ways in a day or two, George and I and Molly too will miss them tremendously!