Ten Bob Note


Wednesday 3rd December 2008

Location: Rugby, Warwickshire, Oxford Canal

Today: 5 miles, 3 locks. Total distance: 1890 miles.  Total locks: 1307

A very cold night last night, the temperature was below zero at 18:00 and stayed that way all night. Woke up to the canal being frozen over to a depth of almost half an inch in places.

The weather forecast is not looking good for tonight so decided to move on up to Rugby while the weather is dry as I need to pick up a few things from Tesco tomorrow.

Pulled the pins around 08:00 and headed off to do some ice breaking – photos below.

Hillmorton locks were a bit on the treacherous side due to the heavy frost, it’s just a matter of taking your time and doing everything carefully. I actually moored up in the top lock for 15 minutes and made myself a cup of hot coffee to warm myself up a bit – you can’t do that in the summer!!

All in all, I have only seen two other boats on the move today – I love this weather and this time of year when it is so quiet on the canals – it’s definitely the best time of year as far as I am concerned.

Archie had his new life jacket on all morning, he is slowly but surely beginning to get used to it, he actually went for a short walk with it on today.

Saturday 6th

I walked to Currys on Thursday to buy a bread maker. I have been thinking of buying one for a while and after tasting some bread that my niece baked in her machine last weekend, I decided to take the plunge and buy one. I had fun getting it back to the boat as it was packaged in a fairly large box which weighs 8kg. I came home via Tesco as I wanted to pick up some flour and yeast to give the machine a try. All in all, it was a round trip walk of 5 miles.

On returning to the boat, I realized that I had bought yeast that was only suitable for bread making by hand. Friday had me back at Tesco to buy the right type of yeast!! So, yesterday, I baked my first loaf of bread and I have to say that I am very pleased with it, it turned out a lot better than I expected for a first attempt – some photos below. I will be baking my own bread from now on.

Sunday 7th

Woke up to a heavy frost again this morning. The temperature out side was minus 5C at 06:00. Some photos below. The temperature in the bedroom was down to 11C which is about the lowest I have ever seen it. The living room was OK at around 18C, the stove doing it’s job well.

The first boat went past at around 11:00, breaking ice that was the best part of an inch thick in places.

Current Mooring

A little bit of ice around today.....

Looking back at Hillmorton top lock

An eye test, spot the Kingfisher

Here it is.....

The bread maker

First loaf

The bread

Was minus 5c at 06:00 this morning (07-12-08)

Rugby golf course

Sun rising

Lovely frosty morning

Walking on the water

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