Saturday, 22 April 2017

Grove Lock to Stoke Bruerne

Trying to catch up with the blog.  Yesterday we moved from Grove Lock to Fenny Stratford with a stop at Leighton Buzzard to restock the galley cupboards.

This morning we departed Fenny Stratford with the intention of reaching Stoke Bruerne (Sunday lunch tomorrow).

Obviously at least one boater thought we were speeding because she came out to take our photo.

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It’s our second day of seeing some of this season’s ducklings.  The ducks obviously subscribe to the quantity vs quality attitude towards parenting.

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This boat wasn’t so close to the bottom when we came this way about a week ago! No obvious license, name or index number so it’s possible CRT will have to pay for the removal.

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Another link to the history of the canals?

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On approaching Wolverton the railway is the dominant feature.

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Jan noticed this interesting boat painting to go with the name.

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It’s Saturday and most of the Wyvern hire fleet is out.  Fortunately they are all going in the same direction as us!   We paired up with one at Cosgrove Lock.  They were stopping for lunch at the Barley Mow along with a second Wyvern boat so that’s two behind us.

From this point the cruise became rural.  I think I’m going to miss the rolling countryside and church spires.

churchThere was evidence of pumping prior to Stoke Breurne Bottom Lock.

IMG_1638Jan worked Waiouru up the first five locks of the flight and we then moored in the pound below the second lock.   

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