Ten Bob Note  

Tuesday 19th February 2008

Location: Napton, Warwickshire, Oxford Canal

Today: 7 miles, 1 locks. Total distance: 1137 miles.  Total locks: 719

Another very cold night again last night – minus seven again. That’s three nights running that the temperature has been down so low.

Half inch thick ice on the canal again today. By the time we got back to the boat after walking up to the village, a boat had been past and had cut a track through the ice – see photos below.

Pulled the pins at 11:00 and headed for Napton. We had to move today as we were very low on water. We were breaking through ice for a good half of the journey as we were the first to have been on the move in places.

Stopped off at Wigrams Turn for gas and diesel. Needed two cylinders of gas as the cylinder for the BBQ ran out last weekend. Also filled up with diesel as it was 59 pence per litre which is reasonable.

We filled the water tank at the water point at the bottom of the Napton locks. We had been half expecting to find the tap frozen but luckily it wasn’t.

Walked up to the Napton post office to collect some mail that they had kindly agreed to take in and hold for me.

The log pile on the roof is getting a bit on the low side, we will have to start looking out for some good dead wood along the way. We have a few nice lengths on the roof but have not had the energy to get out the chainsaw and cut it up – this flu thing is still lingering on, Rhonda is suffering with it more than I.

Current mooring

Track through the ice at Braunston around 11:00

Track through the ice at Braunston around 11:00 Can't see Braunston

Breaking the ice - it's about half an inch thick


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