TUESDAY 23RD TO SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST 2011
The weather for the rest of the week was a mixture of heavy rain and grey skies, so we did indeed take our time and also we had been this way so many times before that we had seen it all and I didn’t bother to fine the camera.
We moved onto Hillmorton on Wednesday and fortunately both locks were in use and there was no queue. We moored immediately below the locks and stayed overnight, the next morning we walked five miles in the sunshine to and from the retail park in Rugby for essentials supplies and a coffee at Frankie and Benny’s, but the next day, Thursday, it was raining again. We walked a soggy Duggie though the fields containing the array of radio masts. It all looked quiet derelict and on our return we googled it and found that the last four of the original twelve, much bigger towers were felled in 2007. They had been constructed in 1926 for the GPO for its world wide radio telegraph service and during the last war until recently, it is said that the system was used to keep in touch with the UK’s submarines. Now even the Atomic clock broadcast has been moved to Scotland and a sign on a post was giving notice of a planning application for 6,200 dwellings and soon, I imagine the remaining lattice towers will also disappear.
On Friday we moved the short distance to Rugby and moored close by Tescos for a bigger shop and there we stayed, but no sooner had we got going on Saturday and the heavens opened again, good for the canals, but I had had enough rain dripping down the back of my neck, so stopped for lunch just before Brinklow and stayed the rest of the day.