Sunday, 11 April 2010

Back to base.

Leaving the daffodils and large carved Kingfishers behind we went up to Shobnall Marina and moored just outside the entrance. Walking down to Wickes we bought some wood to make a new top box. Our next stop was at the mooring just short of the bridge carrying the A38 over the canal, from here it's a short walk through the industrial estate to Morrisons where we did some shopping. Returning to the boat we move up through Branston lock to the mooring at Branston WaterPark and moored for a few hours. While there I cut the wood for the top box. When I came to screw it together I found I had no screws, oops, should have bought some at Wickes. At 17-00hrs we headed back to base at Barton Marina. On Saturday morning Richard, Gill, Aaron and Duncan came to see us for the day. It was lovely to see them. The pictures are; Carved Kingfishers, enterance to Shobnall Marina and The mooring at Branston waterpark.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

A few days on the canal.

Tuesday saw us out of the marina turning right towards Burton-upon Trent. There were BW workers painting the cill markings on the first lock and two checking licenses. Still OK till the end of the month. We cruised steadily down to Shobnall and moored just short of Shobnall Marina. After lunch we walked down to B&Q and Wicks, didn't get what we wanted. Stayed at Shobnall over night.
On Wednesday we pulled into the marina to pump out, then reversing out we carried on toward Willington. Mooring for lunch and do some shopping. Later we went as far as Stenson lock where we turned round then moored for the night just passed bridge 20. We had collected some wood for the stove so I cut it into small pieces. No television tonight, too many trees.
Thursday morning was bright and sunny, we cruised back to Willington and filled up with water at the BW service point. Spending the day moored near bridge 24 we got some housework done, then relaxed in the sun. Around 16-00hrs we moved up the canal to moor for the night at Shobnall park mooring. The display of Daffodils is stunning.
Did some reading while dinner cooked.