We arrived on Saturday afternoon, after shopping and various tasks we moved the boat from the Marina to the towpath to await friends on Sunday morning.
The following morning our friend's arrived, we did a quick car run to leave their car at Crick Marina, then set off for Watford locks after a round of bacon butties.
We soon reached Watford locks, there was a small queue, just a 20 minute wait, then we where away up the locks.
|Watford Staircase Locks|
|Richard and Lou on the tiller.|
|View towards Cracks Hill near Crick.|
|Mooring for the night.|
|Passed by a lovely tug style boat.|
|Lovely mooring near Elkington.|
|Blue sky at Cracks Hill Bridge.|
|Watford Staircase Locks.|
On Wednesday we set of the short distance to Norton Junction, turned left onto the Grand Union and headed down Buckby locks, no lock Buddy's about so we took a little longer to descend the 7 locks onto the Blisworth pound. Was a little overcast in the morning as we descend the locks.
|Buckby top lock, Gill showing Pete and Shani how to operate the locks.|
|Spotted Maffi at Buckby Wharf, did not get to speak.|
|Somersault signal in garden at Buckby.|
|Pete, Gill, and Shani getting in to the swing of it at Buckby lock 9.|
|Another blogger spotted near Gayton, NB Rock and Roll.|
We carried on in the wind, which also included a couple of hail storms, then took on water at Gayton junction before going through Blisworth Tunnel to moor at Stoke Bruerne for the evening. As usual towards the end of the day we had some sun and the wind died down. Had a good meal at Stoke Bruerne followed by a scrabble evening which turned very competitive between brother and sister and did not end until late!
|Early evening sun at Stoke Bruerne visitor moorings.|
We had to wait for them to catch up at the Blisworth end of the tunnel.
|Another bloggers boat, NB Sickle at High House|
We carried on, accompanied by the West Coast main line and the frequent Pendolino's and eventually moored in more windy conditions near Brockhall, nicely shielded by the cutting and trees from the noisy railway and nearby M1.
|Brockhall mooring, stove lit, dinner on, perfect.|
|Nice to see Jules Fuels delivering coal to the nearby cottages at Whilton.|
Saturday morning was the usual cleaning, Brass polishing, and getting ready for the next owners before the drive home to Norfolk.
|Cleaned and Ready.|
|Newly fitted smart gauge, good to see it at this state at the end of most days.|