Yesterday we moved to Fenny Stratford. Was a bit concerned when we met a lady single hander at the Soulbury Three who happened to mention that a floating Market was to be held at Fenny at the weekend. Having been to several of these events I know how busy the moorings get and even though it was only Monday, it has been known for the trade boats to arrive early.
It was lovely having help from the volunteer lockies. Three were on duty and I must say they got us down those locks very quickly. That lone lady boater, having lived on her boat for 17 years, suggested we go out as a pair. Worked brilliantly and even having to battle with the wind, managed to get into each lock without touching the sides. Do so love it when a plan works.
Arrived at Fenny and hardly a boat moored. The reserved signs were up but between the towpath lift bridge and railway bridge not above the lock.
|There had been a wide beam moored just this side of those working pair.|
And I bet you wondering why we moved so far along the moorings? Well, it's all to do with getting TV. Couldn't get the normal TV because of the hedge, it was in the way of where the aerial needed to point so it had to be the satellite or nothing. We tried several spots but those trees on either side were the problem. All to do with the line of sight. If we could have stayed on the 24 hours, or even where those two working boats were moored, (a wide beam was this side of the pair when we arrived but left not long after we had moored) then all would be well but as shown in this next photo, too many trees.
Now for a bit of good news,
I had a comment from Dave Chapman. He is the Chairman of IWA Chiltern Branch
, and it appeared that his good lady read my blog and told him about the problems we had on the Aylesbury. (read about it HERE
) He contacted C&RT, showed them my photos and what a result. C&RT are going to assess the actions required and include them in their winter program. To read the comment go to this post And in he went
scroll to the bottom and you should be able to read what was said. A big thank you, Dave, from us and no doubt from many other boaters too.
Weather was decent today so after walking to Tesco for shopping, (we were pleased to see nearly everyone wore a mask. There had to be the odd two or three though that thought it didn't apply to them) Ian continued with the gunwale. The fertan was washed off and parts were sanded down. A coat of black paint and then tomorrow the antislip will be applied. A slight mishap occurred when Ian was cleaning brushes. Picking up the jar by the lid, jar and lid parted company depositing white spirit all over the engine room floor! Luckily most went on the mat but some did splash on Ian shoes. That mat went straight in the bin but quite what we are going to clean Ian's shoes with we have no idea Hmmm they may have to go in the bin as well!
And wildlife. Yet another Heron in a tree and what was I saying about possible poop on the cabin top?