Sunday, 27 February 2011

moored at sawley

hi well we set of Saturday morning from Fridays night mooring it was raining but the flood warning was amber so we said we set off and see what it is like once through the lock we moved onto the river Trent which was ok under the M1 and then into Sawley cut and through Sawley flood lock no1 still ok ,when we got to the Sawley lock there was a sign saying river soar in flood so we were working out what to do next when the lock keeper came out and told us it was unsafe to go on and the best thing to is turn round and moor up on the 48hour moorings and wait for the weather to sort out hope not long ,so here we are moored up with nowhere to go at mo , Sunday morning we went over to sawley marina to do some washing and went to the The old marina restaurant for lunch (good value meal )
back to Go for it to watch rugby and a nice afternoon sleep

sun rise over Radcliffe power station

go for it moored at sawley

Friday, 25 February 2011

update to friday

waiting to fill up with  water at Willington

as normal I am looking were we are going

the start of the Derby canal

thursday night moorings

watch out  the crocks

Thursday 24th
Left mooring about 9am nice and sunny day felt the warmth on our backs we stopped at Willington for water nice place. just before Swarkstone lock Derby canal think this need a lot of wrg help                                                 we carried on to bridge 7B were we moored up that was 10miles 3 lock
Friday 25th
We went from our last night mooring through shardlow(watch out for   crocodile) fill up with fuel at Dobson yard  moored up just before Derwent mouth lock ,walked into Shardlow village   

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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Sunday 20Th
 Cloudy day but cold we set of heading towards Tamworth going through Polesworth on the way nice place, passing on the left Pooley fields heritage centre with a  large mining wheel
 under M42 and onwards to Tamworth down to Fazeley junction

   we turn right onto the Birmingham and Fazeley canal on to our mooring for the night at a little village called Hopwas 11miles and two locks and one aqueduct which was over River Tame.

Monday 21st
Raining when we woke but stopped just as we left last nights mooring , today we will travel on three different canals starting on the Birmingham and Fazeley canal which turns into the Coventry canal at Whittington we wind our way through lovely countryside until we get to Fradley junction this is where the Coventry meets the Trent and Mersey canal after going through a little swing bridge we turn right then go through lock 17 we moor up for the night as Chris is coming to see us , might take him for a pint in The Swan , 

Tuesday 22nd
Chris steered us through the first lock
and we said our goodbye to him and we set off for the day went through Alrewas nice village saw our first daffodils
  then we went on to our first section of river and pass a weir this was OK river was not high round the corner was a bridge called cow bridge and I can see why tight and on a bend, the pass through Barton-under-needwood found a nice mooring at Braunston next to the, The candy boat!!  

Wednesday 23rd
Walked into Burton for shopping and bank weather was OK saw this plane park in someone garage
what plane is it
got back to the boat at lunch,
 we set off and went Burton on Trent pass the Marston brewery also saw a lovely toad sat on the lock gate
  pass Shobnall fields site of this year
IWA The Waterways Festival 2011 Date: Friday 29th- Sunday 31st July 2011
Moored for the night just outside Willington

Saturday, 19 February 2011

first week

Friday 18th
One week since we got our boat and it is going good we left Antsy about 9 and travelled on the Oxford canal to Hawkesbury junction and then on to the Coventry canal went through Nuneaton pass the start of the Ashby canal we come back and do that later day, had a shock about the about of plastic bottles in the canal here went over something in the cut that was big not sure what it was!!!!! We carried on to Hartshill and moored up for the night that was 12 miles today. No Friday night take away

Saturday 19th
Woke up to rain but not heavy so we set off from last nights mooring and slowly went towards Atherstone, saw our first kingfisher and heron and then like number 9 bus another kingfisher, stopped just before Atherstone so Tina could go to local shops, the rain had stopped so we went through 11 locks pass Atherstone to a little place called Bradley green where we moored up for the night, set TV up to watch football!!!

Friday, 18 February 2011

Braunston to Anstey

Tuesday 15/02/2011
Stayed at Braunston as mum and dad came to see us today , was good to see them and show them our new boat and share a bottle of bubbly with them. went for a meal at the mill house nice meal then on way back to the boat mum slipped up and broke her ankle ,we had the air ambulance come for her and two other ambulance’s. Mum was taken to Coventry hospital, we went with dad to make sure she was ok mum stayed there the night, and the was taken home on thursday  (hope mum gets well soon),

(photos not in order sorry )

mum ,tina and colin

bridge near Rugby

tina and colin with a glass of bubbly

Dad ,Tina and colin

bridge painting

tunnel lighting


mooring at Ansty

mooring at rugby

view from bedroom window 
                                  Wednesday 16th
Nice sunny start we got started about 9.10  headed north  up the Grand Union canaland then onto the oxford canal going north  towards Rugby , stopped for lunch just before Hillmorton locks set of 3 single locks nice area , we carried on and moored up just pass bridge 68 ,lovely day very enjoyable .

Thursday 17th
Left mooring around 9, filled up with fuel and water Tina went to Tesco 
We done 10 miles today went trough a small tunnel which had colour lighting , over a couple of small aqueduct , most of the bridges near rugby  have been painted and look good
 Moored over night near a village called Antsy

Sunday, 13 February 2011

first days trips

Friday 11th Feb we moved onto the boat. really good to be on go for it. Chris even come to help us load all our things on board.

Saturday the day we set off. well once we managed to get out of the marina!!!!!!! nice sunny day a little nervous but off we go.
our first big test braunston tunnel 2042 yds long dark and wet,and there is a bend half way through! Colin did well only hit one boat. moored up between the tunnel and top lock number 6.

nearing the end of Braunston tunnel

Tina first day

first day on the canal

were we moored up Saturday's night

going through lock 2

first nights mooring

Friday night at welton fields
Sunday well very windy. and 6 locks to do? the wind really got hold of the boat in places. now its my turn to put a dent in the boat. sorry guys you worked so hard. and we have already scratched and dented her. so tonight we have moored up near braunston marina. nice to see pip and boys today, thanks for lunch x x x. 

Thursday, 10 February 2011

last day at the builders tomorrow we start our new lifes aboard GO FOR IT

rear fender  made by

rear dogger made by nikki

view down into boat from rear

control panel

one of the bed


washing machine

rear cabin seat

other bed

inside wardrobe

large table in stowed away


wash basin

shelves in bathroom



looking from front


his and her sinks

kitchen side cupboard

looking forward

looking down the boat


cratch cover made by Nikki

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