Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Oxford canal to Coventry canal

What a lovely day nice and sunny and dry we left our mooring about 8am and heading for Hawkesbury Junction which is the junction of the Oxford and Coventry canals
 looking back onto the Oxford canal

 bridge over the junction

 a painting on the bridge

 looking back to the junction

 sign post

 junction bridge
 
so we on the Coventry canal and onwards to Tamworth
soon we were going pass the most interesting place on the canal
Charity dock  this has been on tv as well , every time we come pass there are different thing to see here are some
 old boats going to waste















 you just have to laugh
 
next we went pass the junction of Ashby canal
 looking down the Ashby

 
we saw this duck which was wear a nice hat
 never seen this before
 
 is this art
 this is hartshill yard



 
we moored up just pass here 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

A DAY OF CULTURE

It was a misty start and there was rain in the air we left the mooring about 8.30 and headed for Hillmorton locks
on the middle lock there was some writing on it  which is part of Locklines If you clink the link it shows where the other poems are and say 

http://www.locklines.org.uk/

Locklines - lines of poetry carved and inlaid onto a series of lock gates to commemorate the inaugural year of Canal & River Trust, entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. Artists have collaborated with the Trust’s workshops to re-imagine the iconic lock gate, highlight the heritage of the working waterways and inspire passers-by.

In 2012 British Waterways became a new charity called Canal & River Trust. To mark this historic transition and to celebrate the nation’s inland waterways, Canal & River Trust in consultation with Chrysalis Arts developed an arts project called 'Locklines' to create a series of commemorative artworks on some of the lock gates that were due for renewal..




this is the whole poem it is on two different locks

WORKING WATER HELD CAPTIVE FOR A WHILE THEN SLUICED AWAY TO JOIN THE WORLD’S OTHER WATERS AGAIN
OPEN ENTER AND BE LIFTED SAFE WITH WORDS AT YOUR BACK
THESE DOORS MAKE DEPTH
POWER TO SINK YOUR BOAT BODILY INTO THE LAND AND LET IT GO RIDING OUT UNHARMED
STEP AT A TIME A RIVER CLIMBS CAREFULLY DOWN THROUGH THE TOWN

all so we saw some yarn  bombing
 once through the lock we heading for Rugby for a quick shop
some of the bridge through rugby have been painted   here is few  of them



after shopping it was onwards again and through Newbold tunnel  which is normally lit up  but this time only two light were on
 this is what it should look like we took these couple of years ago





 here are a few other photos of todays trip

 M6

 concrete towers holding up the M6

 one way to carry your bike

 some old dragline cranes

Boadicea

 not sure what breed these are

 good looking bull

 one way to get your clothes dry using a old mangle

 oh yes HOB-NOB  just for chris
 
 

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