Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Farewell Napton

Wednesday 10th October

After a very quiet night we had a late start this morning as we were only travelling to the other side of Napton Junction.
I took Phoenix a walk up the locks first thing and enjoyed the lovely view of Napton on the Hill from the Bottom Lock.

* Napton on the Hill from Bottom Lock
Several boats had moved off before we winded and bid farewell to Napton just pottering along enjoying the grand views and delightful October weather.

* Farewell Napton
We motored on passed the bobbing heads of the Canada Geese, still in the cornfield and on to the Junction where carried straight on, now on our way home.
At Lower Shuckburgh we could see their little church nestled in the trees just a short way from the canal. It was built in 1864 and is attractive in a Victorian way, with great use of contrasting brickwork inside.

* Lower Shuckburgh Church
We planned to moor up just after bridge 103 on the nice mooring there with lovely views over the Warwickshire countryside. Approaching our intended spot we came across Nb Ellen and shouted good morning as we passed. John and Angela popped their heads out so June said we were stopping and would they like to join us for coffee. As we moored up Angela had the kettle on and so we went aboard Nb Ellen for coffee and a great chat. John showed me around their lovely boat and his engine room with its Gardener Engine all shiny with sparkling copper work.

* Nb Ellen
* Sunny Mooring Spot
June scrubbed the mud from the cratch and aft deck whilst I touched up the scratches of the last 6 weeks on the hull.
June had mentioned whilst chatting that she wanted a Turkshead for the tiller and would have a look for one at Braunston. Whilst we were working the very talented John had made one and brought it over and even fitted it on the tiller for us. What a lovely and most unexpected surprise for us. It is so nice to make such generous friends on the cut.

* Turkshead Present
Later Angela and John came in for afternoon tea and cake and more great chat about all sorts of different topics.

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