Thursday 10th August 2017
Saltisford Arm to after Bridge 35 Grand Union Canal
4.75 miles, 2 locks
Much to Evelyn's delight we had a bit of a lie in this morning (08:00 instead of 07:00) before we set to and packed her bag ready for her Mummy, sister and brother to collect her. They waved us farewell and went off to visit two National Trust properties - Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House. I have been told they had a great day out. I have to say that despite the silence being deafening we really miss Evelyn. She was excellent company and such a great help.
It was a sad farewell and now you are back to me doing the blog! Thank you to those who did reply to her - she really appreciated it.
Soon after they left we headed off -I am sure this boater did not intend his tyre to be used as a duck mooring!
Out of the arm and a sharp right turn back onto the Grand Union Canal heading east
Just two locks today - a good mooring for this boat on the lock landing below the first lock and when we got to the second - well the air was somewhat blue and I really could have done with Evelyn in tow. Not only were both bottom gates wide open, but they had left both paddles up as well. So a lot of extra winding, pushing and walking round for me - for broad locks we just use the paddles and gates on one side, so whoever went through last really did make life much more difficult for me.
We went past this little boat
with a very apt name -My Newt
Just before the Tesco moorings we passed this family having a rest in the sun - what a difference a day makes - today was wall to wall sunshine.
We squeezed in at the Tesco moorings and I went to get supplies. By the time we were ready to go the family had come out to play.
We reckon this is new (rather smart) student accommodation as you leave Leamington Spa
As we passed through Leamington we were noting moorings as when we come back in October I will be heading up to the NEC by train to meet our son and grandson, Noah - we will be off to the Horse of the Year Show.
We moored just after bridge 35 on a fabulously sunny afternoon. The BBQ had to come out again, but this time on the back deck and we had to eat inside as the towpath is too narrow to be of any use.
This really is a lovely spot - quiet
with great views, but understandably popular.
And spotted this evening - a perfect evening for taking to the skies