Ten Bob Note


Thursday 26th February 2009

Location: Braunston, Northamptonshire, Oxford Canal

Today: 0 miles, 0 locks. Total distance: 1983 miles.  Total locks: 1358

It’s ‘oil change time’. I changed the oil in the generator yesterday, a fairly simple job as everything is easy to get at. Today, I changed the engine and gearbox oil, a task I take no pleasure in whatsoever as everything is so difficult to get at. You need to be a contortionist to get at the gearbox drain plug and it’s made even more difficult due to the fact that the engine and gearbox needs to be hot to get the oil to drain completely. Still, it’s all done now and probably won’t need doing again until the end of the summer.
While I had the deck hatches open to change the oil, I took the opportunity to hoover out water and dirt from the engine bay, it’s all nice and clean down there now.

I took Archie out for a walk to Wolfhamcote this morning, some photos below. Once again, a lovely mild morning.

While carrying out the oil change, Jill and Graham passed by on their way to Cropredy. We first met early last year shortly after they moved on to their boat and we last crossed paths at Rugby late last year. It was nice to have a quick chat with them once again. I (jokingly) asked them if they thought they would like living on their boat (nb Matilda Rose), their instant joint reply was that they would have to be dragged out feet first, I know exactly how they feel.

Current Mooring

On Tow - we passed each other on the move the other day

This old farm house gets worse every time I pass it - such a shame, it's a lovely building

Old railway line - has recently been cleared

The North Oxford canal - lovely countryside

Braunston Stop House and long term moorings

St Peter's church

The building dates mostly from the 13th and 14th centuries

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