Ten Bob Note


Thursday 26th June 2008

Location: Long Itchington, Warwickshire, Grand Union Canal

Today: 4 miles, 10 locks. Total distance: 1475 miles.  Total locks: 1021

Pulled the pins at 06:45 and headed for the Stockton flight before it gets busy. This is new ground for us, we have not been this way before.

What a lovely surprise the flight was. All of the locks in good condition and the gear in good working order. Lovely scenery as well. Dropped down through the whole flight without seeing another boat. Most people prefer going up or down double locks with another boat but we find we can get through them quicker and more smoothly when we are on our own. It’s only if the other bout has two or more free crew hands to set the locks ahead that we find that two boats can travel quicker than one. It’s not that we are ever in any great hurry, it’s just that it can be a lot easier when we are on our own.

Moored up in a nice spot around 10:00 and walked into Long Itchington village with the dogs. It’s a nice little village and has a good sized Co-Op stores there.

On our way along the tow path, we spotted a large chunk of Ash tree cut down and lying in the bushes. It had probably been hanging over the canal or something as there must have been a reason to get rid of such a large tree. The length left behind was 18” in diameter and around 12 feet long. All of the branches had gone with only the trunk remaining - maybe it was too big and heavy to shift? So….. out came the chain saw and we now have a roof full of lovely Ash logs. The boat is now sitting a good couple of inches lower in the water so there must be quite a weight on the roof now.

Forgot to mention the other day, due to the amount of German spam I have been receiving on this web site email address, I have had to change the address across this site.

Current Mooring

Taking on water opposite Blue Lias pub, looks like a nice place

Laplander steam boat - passed her a few time in various places last year

Now you see it - Nice length of Ash - 18" diameter and about 12 feet long

Now you don't

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