Friday, April 27, 2007

One Month On!

Yes, it is exactly one month since we set off southwards from Wheelton in Lancashire. It does not seem possible that we have been living aboard for just a month – it has become our way of life, plus we have covered a lot of miles and worked a lot of locks along the way. From Dave's log, over 200 locks and nearly 300 miles!

We left Stratford-on-Avon on Monday 23rd, retracing our route up the beautiful Stratford-on-Avon Canal. We are really enjoying the warm Spring weather.

On our way, we came over the Edstone aqueduct again, which may not be as high over the valley as the Pontcysyllte is over the River Dee, but it is very similar with one notable difference: the towpath runs in its own 'trough' next to the canal, giving the walker a 'duck's-eye view'! Here is Val looking UP at the boat for a change!

Onto the Grand Union on Wednesday and past another unusual feature. Shrewley Tunnel has a separate towpath tunnel which leads up to the village on the hill above. We moored and went up to the the Post Office and store.

We have had a couple of 'non-moving' days since then, getting some DIY work done on the boat and dealing with several tool orders. Tomorrow (Saturday) we tackle the Hatton flight of 21 broad locks down into Warwick, with Jeremy coming to help us in the morning. At about 10-15 minutes per lock, that should keep us busy! Here is a picture of about half of them, looking up the flight.

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