When Ann returned to me we had a meal in the Wharf Inn. Well worth a visit for food and provisions from their small shop. As we do not have a washing machine on board we take note when we find one near the canal. The Wharf Inn has one.
All work done to Ann's satisfaction regarding the minor/major refit. Not much really but it means a lot to us. Roy Freeman at Fenny Compton did us proud. I had done most of the varnishing while Ann was away.
Next day we moved down to Cropredy marina taking all of two days to get there slowly. We took advantage of the washing machine and got all the laundry done at 40 degrees. Much cleaner than at 30 degrees. Topped up our large water tank and disposed of the 'unwanted'.
What ever has happened to this years summer so far? Just too much rain and some thunder with it. Sitting out on the back deck while the sun shines and keeping an eye on those large dark clouds coming our way. Then the wind cooled us down and we went inside to ride out the storm.
Next day it was dry n warm so we drove the car to Banbury. Yes, after those few months the car started OK. Off to get things from BnQ and book an MOT at Halfords.
By now we had had enough of the marina. So off we went towards Banbury by boat. Stopping short at Bourton Lock in sunshine.
I find it a bit depressing to read in 'Narrowboat world' about too many waterway problems. Several canals are closed, Aston, Macclesfield and Rochdale to name a few. And now Peel Holdings are going to charge £40 to use the Bridgewater!
I was also concerned about the 'Braunston Stink' ! The elsan disposal facilities are often blocked there.
The use of our waterways require respect and support from boaters and CART. I find it incredible that CART have actually got to teach us boaters some manners!
Where there is a will there is a way.
Meanwhile I do so enjoy the way of life traveling the waterways again after a few years back on the bank.
There is less space in a narrowboat than in a land based property! So to make more room in the boat you need cupboards and shelves! We asked Roy Freeman at Fenny Compton marina to help. We had found his card back at Cropredy and have seen his work fitting out a boat. Excellent quality.
This cupboard is in the galley, another is in the bathroom and we now have a few shelves in existing cupboards. So when I have varnished it all much stuff can be put away out of sight!