Ten Bob Note


Friday 7th November 2008

Location: Long Itchington, Warwickshire, Grand Union Canal

Today: 4 miles, 10 locks. Total distance: 1855 miles.  Total locks: 1271

It was a miserable day yesterday but we still had a very pleasurable circular walk into Stockton for the papers – all in all, a five mile round trip. The dogs were absolutely filthy by the time they got back to the boat so the only option was to give them a quick dunk in the canal to get the worst of the mud off.

The weather forecast was right for once and the weather this morning was lovely. Pulled the pins around 08:30 and headed off down the Stockton flight to Long Itchington. As I have mentioned before, the Stockton flight is a pleasure to come down as it is set in some lovely wooded countryside.

The weather forecast for the weekend is not too good at all, winds and heavy rain. The weather doesn’t really matter though as we have no plans to move on until Monday at the earliest.

I actually managed to wash the front half of the roof while descending the Stockton flight this morning. It had become very dirty where the logs had been stored and it took a lot of hard scrubbing to get the dirt off.

Talking of logs, we are down to a very small pile now and have been on the lookout for some wood for some time now – unfortunately, suitable wood seems to be scarce around these parts. Still, part of the fun is the hunt for it….

Monday 10th

A very wet and windy night last night.

Woke up this morning to find the river Itchington in flood. There are a couple of photos below that I took this morning while walking the dogs to the village to pick up the papers etc. The dogs don't care about the weather, they expect their twice daily walks regardless.

It is still pouring down now as I write this. The best place to be in this weather is tucked up inside a nice warm boat :)

Current Mooring

A visitor at the window last night

It's for sale....

Long Itchington church

The church dates back to the 12th century. It used to have a tall spire but it was blown down in 1762 and never replaced.

Long Itchington village school

The water in the distance was just a small river yesterday afternoon

Compare this with the same photo above, the river can't even be seen in the other photo

This was little more than a stream yesterday

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