Ten Bob Note


Sunday 8th March 2009

Location: Newbold, Warwickshire, Oxford Canal

Today: 2 miles, 0 locks. Total distance: 1996 miles.  Total locks: 1361

Pulled the pins this morning around 07:30 and move the couple of hundred yards or so to the water point to fill the tank. There was probably enough water left for one more night but I didn’t want to push it.
After filling up, I cruised along to the next winding hole about a mile away, turned and came back to the 14 day moorings where I intend to stay for a couple or so more days until I have finished my business in Rugby.
Well, the new water point at Newbold is now moved and up and running. It’s just a shame that they didn’t move the mooring rings or install some new bollards by the new water point – there is now next to nothing to tie up to now except the steel gates – photo below.
After mooring up again, I decided to walk Archie to Tesco in Rugby to pick up a few odds and ends. It was a lovely morning when we set off but as we neared tesco, the sky started to darken. When I came out of Tesco, I wasn’t terribly surprised to find it raining – guess who didn’t have a coat or umbrella with him – they were nice and safe and dry on the boat. Anyway, Archie and I had a real brisk march back to the boat and arrive a bit on the soggy side. A lesson to be learnt there I think…..
The Boat pub is now open for business again after being renovated. I really can’t understand how both The Barley Mow and The Boat can both make a living with such a small customer base. There certainly wouldn’t be enough boating traffic to keep them going as there aren’t enough moorings to accommodate very many boats. As much as I hate to see it, I suspect that one of them will not be in business this time next year.

Current Mooring - the blue skies didn't last too long!!

Mrs Mallard on a cold and frosty morning

Glad to hear it !!!

The Barley Mow and The Boat - pubs right on the side of the canal at Newbold

Well, they have moved the water point but not the mooring rings so the only thing to tie up to is the steel tow path barrier !!!!

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