Dec 2

On the move again.

I left Braunston Marina yesterday, with the Fannin brothers along as crew. We are heading toweards Nuneaton on the Oxford (and Coventry) canals so I can have the boat completely painted. A wonderful day to start a winter cruise: the sun was out, little wind, and temperature about 8 degrees from 1pm. We set out and got to the Hillmorten marina, outside of which we moored for the evening. A pub supper, and then sorting out of arrangements in the boat. Off we were in the morning, with a wake-up call at the Hillmorten locks- the first for Liam and Tom. We arrived at Hawksbury junction, through the stop lock sharp turn onto the Coventry Canal, and then moored for the night. We’ll be to Nuneaton tomorrow. Tom’s comment is “the canal is relaxing and the views are very different than the usual travel methods. I have seen animals (kingfisher, heron, pheasants), and history is from such a different perspective- especially the history connected with the vital role that canals and boats played. We still have cell phones, and internet, though, so we are not completely isolated as the original canal people obviously were.”

About Ed Mortimer

I'm a retired school teacher, now living on my Dutch cruiser in France. I'm touring as much of the canals and river systems as I can. This blog describes what I do and where I've been. I did spend 5 years on first a narrowboat, and then this boat, in Britain.
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