Fri 16 October 2015 Annie has a black bottom!
Mick and John at Kingfisher Boats are putting on the second coat of bitumastic today, then leaving the hull to dry for 48 hours over the weekend. We visited Annie to admire her hull. John's knee seems better after his op, if a little stiff. Jobs to do include servicing the diesel and cleaning off rust around the engine compartment, when John is able to. It will be nice to see more of our friends at home, now we are back.
Fri 9 October 2015 At Trent Lock
Thur 8 October 2015 Sileby Mill to Trent Lock
|Liana at Sileby Mill, with Annie in the background|
|John and Annie moored at Sileby Mill|
Liana joined at Sileby Mill (with a decent little chandlery shop) for the trip to Redhill Marina, where she walked to Parkway to get a train back to Sileby Mill, then joined John at Trent Lock later. Barrow on Soar is a lovely scene as you pass through the watermeadows, contrasting with the caravan park at the lock to the north. Pillings Lock was closed, but with a paddle open at top and bottom, as it is really a flood lock.
|Annie in Loughborough basin|
|Loughborough basin - handy for the town centre, shops and market|
|Maffi has a blog, too|
Wed 7 Oct 2015 Leicester Castle to Sileby Mill (8 locks)
As Annie set off, John and Maureen on NB Cor Blimey! (They said they weren't Pearly King and Queen when John asked!) asked to accompany him. The Mountsorrel area is very pretty.
Tue 6 Oct 2015 Singlehanded from Kilby Bridge through rain to Leicester (12 locks)
|Annie moored opposite the services at Kilby Bridge|
John had a nice chat with the chap living at the nearby lock cottage below Kilby Bridge, but only saw two boats the whole day until Gee Lock. Here, heavy rain forced a halt for a couple of hours around lunchtime. The sun came out and surprised him into continuing through the southern approaches to Leicester. Every time we return to the river Soar and Leicester, we like it more and appreciate the countryside and green corridor into the city.
Robin Linklater on NB Corinthian kindly let John breast up, as the Castle mooring pontoon was fully occupied. Then tea and Rugby World Cup on the tv!