Week 1: heading south

It is now one week since we moved aboard Froth. There is still a bit more stuff to be moved out of the house, but the place is no longer our home. We are liveaboards, and we love it. Rosie loves it too!

It has been a typical week, but because everything is being done for the first time from the boat, it all feels new and exciting.

Andrew took the train to work in Corsham (near Bath) on Tuesday from Long Buckby station. Quite a contrast to the busy Leicester station. This is more like a bus shelter, with no facilities but also no traffic clogging up the entrance. The route goes to London Euston, from where it is a short underground ride to Paddington for the Great Western Railway mainline to Chippenham. The trip is shorter, but on the return journey on Thursday there was a points failure, so it actually took an hour longer than it should have done! Euston is not as glamorous a station as St. Pancras, but it has its own style. The journey itself is much nicer than the one from Leicester, with beautiful countryside and frequent glimpses of the canal.

Louise has spent the week making her leather roses, figuring out all the practicalities of making, packaging and posting. Given the scale of the task, it has really gone very well. (She is busy right now, but may add something later to this blog entry).

On Friday we registered at the local doctor’s surgery in Crick. They are quite used to boaters. In fact, the nurse who did the new patient check is a liveaboard herself.

Late on Friday afternoon, we decided to take the boat for a cruise. The weather was lovely and the forecast was similarly positive. We wanted to explore the canal to the south. We therefore decided to go as far as the Watford lock flight, then turn round before making that descent.

Crick was under an hour away, so we made it there comfortably before sundown and moored just before Crick Tunnel.

 

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We had dinner at The Moorings which has a beautiful location overlooking the canal at Crick Wharf. The meal was pleasant enough, although not very sophisticated, despite the stylish presentation.

This morning, the first task was to go through the tunnel. This is quite a long tunnel (1528 yards) and, because of a ‘kink’ at one end, you cannot see the exit when you enter, which makes it particularly dark. We really needed our wonderful LED headlamp. This photo sequence gives an idea of what it is like as you approach the exit:

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There are lots of ducklings at this time of year:

Having reached Watford flight, we turned around at a winding hole and made the return  journey to the marina. This stretch of canal is great for a short trip, but it does lack decent mooring spots. It is also very shallow in places which can make passing another boat difficult. Crick itself is quite busy. Even though it is out of season, all the 14-day moorings were occupied. So, in future, if we want to spend more time out of the marina, we will probably mostly be going north. If we want tunnels, locks and bustle, we will be heading south.

Louise loves her new office!

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