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70 now and our five wonderful years aboard our narrowboat Skyy seem along time ago. Jacquie, allowed me to build my replica three wheeler kit car, which was a great success. Now it's time to start on a bigger project and that is to make a good Triumph Stag even better, here goes.

Thursday, 26 March 2009



Again a lovely morning prompted us to walk into the village of Stockton. A round trip, leaving the canal a bridge 21 and cutting the corner across a field to reach the village. We returned along Station Road, arriving back at the canal at bridge 20. Only two pubs in Stockton and not as pretty as Long Itchington, so not on our hit list of places we might choose to live in when our boating adventure comes to an end.
After Brunch in the sunshine on the stern, we cruised leisurely, back through the three double locks at Calcutt. We had learnt previously that when going up on your own in double locks, if you only open the top paddle on the same side of the boat, the incoming water pushes the boat neatly back onto the lock side. We felt obliged to impart this knowledge to a helpful couple who were waiting to come down and were keen to open both paddles as fast as they could. We prefer a slower but more controlled ascent. The other couple were thankful for the advice, or maybe they were just humoring the smug old git.

K & J took their leave of us in the evening with the promise that ‘they will be back’.


christyzee said...

very interesting blog!

boulderite said...

Hello from Boulder Colorado USA! My husband and I really enjoyed reading over your blog! What an enviable life :)

One of our (many) itches is to live on a narrow boat.
DH is a journeyman wooden boatbuilder hailing from Lancashire, and after being land-locked here for the last 7 years we're starting to miss the water...

If you ever want to ride one of the best stretches of highway (highway 72) in the US, or ski in our plentiful sunshine, drop us a line! intrepidjess@gmail.com