Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Saturday, 26 October 2013
Weather this morning was quiet fine for the time off the year, our battery, water and diesel were all showing low levels, so we set off towards Beeston lock where there was a water point, where we filled up with water, and hopefully to go through the lock onto the river, but it was a no no as the river was still in flood.
Whilst filling up we started to chat a fellow boater about when the river might recede and the level might lower so he phoned a friend who said that today the locks were not going to be opened, and unlikely it will tomorrow, so we decided to return to Castle Marina and moor up with the bonus of having a electric hook up, which should recharge our batteries to full state again.We arrived at the marina and filled up with diesel, bought some gas and coal and paid for a over night mooring.
After mooring we set of for a walk into Nottingham city centre where we had a wander before returning back to the boat for the night, unfortunately it rained in the night,and we know that the river won't be open tomorrow , which in turn is hampering our plans as to reach Wigram Marina which is on the junction of the Oxford and Grand Union Canal by the weekend.
Hopefully Castle Marina can accommodate us for the winter, the chap who organises the moorings at this marina is away and maybe back in work on Monday or Wednesday so we will see........
Friday, 25 October 2013
Today rang Findlay who told us that our boat will be ready, so loaded the car plus the cats and off we set to Nottingham, journey was fine just as the weather was.
Arrived at the boatyard and had a quick chat to Findlay who was busy with a client, so we then went to the boat which Warren the engineer was finishing the service on the engine, the river Trent was in full flow as I turned the boat around so we could moor and load up, which we did, the cats had a little accident during the journey, but couldn't really blame them as it was a long journey.
The waste tank had been renewed to a larger size , almost double the size and a big thank you to Findlay and his team for doing this for us, as said before anyone that requires a boat then please contact Findlay via Nottingham Boat Sales because we can't recommend him enough.
We said our goodbyes to the team at Meadow Lane and set off up the fast flowing Trent and through our first lock back on to the Beeston Canal, then pass all the bars that's line the canal in the city centre, and a quick stop for supplies at Sainsbury's. Our plan was to hopefully get to the Beeston locks and back to the Trent before getting back on the Trent and Mersey canal, but unknown to us the part of the Trent was in flood so no passage though Beeston lock, so we reversed a bit back up, which is by no ways a straight forward exercise, and moored for the night.
Friday, 18 October 2013
Today we got up had a quick tidy of the boat before pumping the waste tank, so that Findlay the boat builder can change the waste tank. We travel through the middle of Nottingham before we reach our destination between the two football clubs on the river Trent.
We moor up and then offload, cats included into the car, and say goodbye to Findlay and his crew and depart back home to Cardiff and home for a week while the work is carried out on our boat.
Arrive back home and everything is fine, as we are off the boat I won't write on this blog for a few days, so see you soon ......
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Weather today is glorious as we leave Shardlow what a change in two days, as we approach the warning lights show that the river is in high flow,but as we approach the lock the river indicator shows green so through the lock and on to the river Trent.
It's like a mill pond, and when we reach the next lock we pair up with another narrowboat, " hot spirit" and go through together.Soon we on the Beeston canal and not long turn into Castle Marina and its great to see familiar faces of Dean,James and Emma, we moor up for the night and after having a chat Denise and I go to the local Beefeater where we had a great meal and a few shandies before back to the boat and sleep.