Thursday 19th July; Napton to Calcutt marina
I’m writing this a week after the 19th on the hottest day of the year (so far!). But last week we awoke to a cool-ish grey day for our trip back to Calcutt. The drizzle started before we had finished breakfast, then it rained properly for an hour before going back to drizzle.
So we did our packing and tidying on the mooring. It’s a much prettier outlook than the side of another boat. The other benefit here is that the Elsan point is closer than if we were in the marina! So when the drizzle looked as though it was clearing up Dave dealt with the cassette.
The little flotilla of Mum and 11 babies is still intact. Fingers crossed most of them are still surviving, at least for a while, though some will doubtless soon be tasty morsels for a pike or other predator.
When the rain cleared completely we had a pleasant cruise back to our summer base. Dave reversed neatly onto the visitor moorings next to NB Perspective whose new owners had just come on board for the first time.
We quickly packed and got away for a trouble-free journey home. My pot waterer had left the hosepipe in a lovely pattern.
Our next trip won’t be for a few weeks as we have to juggle family visits, village functions, hospital visits (me) and a significant birthday (not me!).
Today’s journey by boat was 2½ miles and 3 locks. A lot more miles by car!
100½ miles, 84 locks,
98 miles, 7¾ furlongs of narrow canals; 1 mile, 3¾ furlongs of broad canals; 76 narrow locks; 6 broad locks (thank you Canalplanner); plus Isis lock twice and a little bit of the Sheepwash channel where we winded.