Sunday, 20 November 2011

A short trip and late post

Well, we have been a tad busy this last week and I missed the opportunity to reflect upon our, probably, last trip out of the year.

We wandered out last Monday, as mentioned in previous posts.  No right turn because Fradley was part closed with lock repairs.  So left turn Clyde  and towards toilet town (Armitage).  On board were John and a couple of his friends.  I had promised John a day on the "barge" as he kept jokingly called it, but he now accepts narrowboat, in my company anyway.  A tad cold so on went the gloves and we were soon at Handsacre with not a soul moving, save ourselves.  Whilst cold it was otherwise enjoyable with the fire on for thiose sitting inside.  Bacon sandwiches were soon made up and these kept us "in" for the time being.

The original plan in my head was to go past Rugeley and turn about (wind) at the winding point just past the trent aqueduct.  however, progress was not as expected because there were so many moored boats, meaning a tickeover when nearing and passing them.  I always keep the boat to tick over until i am well past the moored boat, purely to help them keep their pins in by not accelerating to early.

In the end we winded just before Rugeley and headed back through the narrows to moor up at the Plum Pudding restaurant.  We enjoyed some nice Italian fayre which was well cooked and despite Johns dry humour, the waitress was very nice and friendly.  Lunch took us until 2.20 pm meaning we had to get on before it started to get dark.

John, in charge!

 As you can see, quite dull.

Passing NB Theresa as we pass Handsacre.

We got back into Kings Bromley at 3.30 pm, after an enjoyable, easy day.

Richard Sherratt had carried out an engine service for us and it was noticeable - a good job.  Richard has many talents and we may be providing him with some work next year.  He is well known at Kings Bromley and trades as RJS Marine - 07779 242055.  I do like to recommend people who provide good service at an affordable price.  I will be doing my own servicing soon but with a full time job, home and family time is at a premium.

I shall be going to Lola regularly over the winter as even though we will not be taking her out I still enjoy being there.  Last year the engine replacement scuppered these plans so this year I will be there, just need John to find me some more wood!

That's all for now folks.