Friday, April 01, 2005

Easter Holiday

Have moved up to the Northampton Arm where we said good by to our friends on No Problem. They are heading down the hill past Northampton and on to the River Nene. We have spent Easter at the top and will head on to Braunston later. Getting on with building two small cupboards in the galley.

When we left to get water at Gayton Junction there were frequent boats passing on the Grand Union Canal. The 2 week holiday has been a popular time for the hire boaters despite the early date. The mild weather has bought them out. There are no locks for 10 miles to Whilton. On the way is one of our favourite villages, Bugbrooke. There, a Millennium Garden is worth a look on the way to the shop.

Got our diesel at Whilton Marina despite the high price of 45p/litre. Would have waited to get it from Ivor on his boat at Braunston but a boater told us he had gone up to Rugby.

We waited in the lock for another boat seen approaching. There are 7 locks to do and it helps if you go up in pairs with the extra crew. It is much quicker and it saves water. On our way up we wondered why several hire boaters came down one by one within sight of each other. Must like hard work? Next day we moved through the tunnel and down to Braunston.  Saw that Ivor was charging 42p/litre.

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