So up early today as The Fine Company was expected. We pulled the pins at about 8am and set off through the last of the pretty Ashby Canals bends and meadows. We knew from when we had arrived well over a week ago that CART were dredging in the narrow wooded section, there had been a sort of traffic light system in operation there, as we approached there was a sign saying sorry about the delays, please wait till you are signalled through and allow for I think up to an hour delay. So we were not that worried as its a case of “What will be will be”. It turned out not to be too bad a wait at all, with only the fact that with nowhere to go when a fully laden work barge is coming at you forcing you onto the yet to be dredged bank getting stuck good and proper the only problem. Easy, hardly any bad language at all.
|This load is actually being unloaded|
|Unloaded up to here then into unseen dumpers|
|This was coming towards us then here he started to fasten it more tightly to his "Pusher-along" tuggy thing|
|We are on the bank but not wanting to get close to him.|
After the bang crash wallop bang entry onto the Ashby, David did a faultless turn northwards onto the Coventry Canal today.
|Unusual placing of this conservatory I wondered.|
Its a bit deadly dull here through the dreaded Nuneaton but incident free today with no floating sofas to be seen. I was trying to clean and tidy before “My Cleaner” arrived later on.
We had thought that with the Atherstone Locks to do later today it would be a good time to invite The Boat Sharers to visit. Well on this occasion only one, Amanda.
We knew she had a bunch of unshirkable jobs to do first, so time was on our side. So with a nice run up towards Atherstone, sometimes in the sun too. The Coventry Canal is like a major trunk road after the quietness of the Ashby but even this seemed quiet with only a few boats passing, Where is everyone?
Amanda was going to be delayed so we filled up with water at Hartshill the beautiful old wharf there and then moored up the other side of the bridge, in full sunshine overlooking hills and woods. Lovely.
|I wish there were some information boards here maybe with old photos of its working days.|
|How many spires can you see Reader?|
|Locking nut Amanda has come to visit.|
|Just need some bramleys now.|
Early night was had by all to get to Atherstone slightly after dawn tomorrow to beat the crowds, the crowds that is that don’t seem to be anywhere.