Friday, 4 October 2013

All Oaks Wood - Friday 4th October 2013

A very late start this morning so that we could get a paper and wait for the light drizzle to finish. Moored a short distance in front of us was Nb. K9 with this lovely display of flowers on the bow.
No sooner had we set off than a boat left the water point and another came up the lock so that we were followed by the two boats all the way to our final mooring. They were obviously happy with our speed as they made no attempt to close up.
As we passed the Coventry Cruising Club we noticed that the Towpath up to bridge 7 is being re-surfaced with a membrane being laid between side planks and then rough and fine stones laid on top. I am sure that it will be a super job when it is finished, just wondered who is paying for it.
We had our dog fix as we came to the Colehurst Farm Mooring as there is a 5 month old black Labrador on the first boat who we have watched grow on each trip passed the moorings.
Les Wilson Narrowboats have their yard at the eastern end of the moorings and they seem to be doing well as there is always a new boat under construction. They specialise in 57ft Josher style Narrowboats with mid or stern engines at reasonable prices.
We motored on to Stretton Stop where a kind gentleman opened the swing bridge for us, much to June’s relief as it is quite heavy to operate. As usual another boat came through the bridge as we exited the stop and negotiated the breasted up hire boats.
We motored on to All Oaks Wood and found plenty of room to moor for the night. After lunch I set to cutting back the grass from the canal edge so that I could touch up the blacking scars on the rubbing strakes to reduce rust taking hold over the winter. The mooring is in a lovely position with a nice grassy bank; we moored here when we were on a hire boat travelling the Leicester Ring and thought then what a great mooring it was although in those days, unlike now, it was empty of boats.
Later we enjoyed our Blackberry Crumble for pudding. It should have lasted two days but we could not resist finishing it up. It will probably be the last of the blackberries for this year as the wet weather will spoil them.

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