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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, 27 October 2011



Fortunately there seemed to be no problems with the engine as we left Atherstone behind, Jacquie turning the engine off as soon as she heard it starting to beep obviously prevented any damage. We took our time travelling back to Napton and as we have been this way so many times I didn’t bother with the camera. We stopped in Rugby for two nights, taking advantage of the proximity of the several retail parks for a bit of therapy, but the lovely thing about the final part of the journey was seeing so many chums.

Carol & George from N.B. Rock’n’Roll saw us first and we both slowed down enough to exchange pleasantries as we passed, then it was Jane and Michael from N.B. Mood Blues moored up near bridge 101, who we roused with a blast or two from our tooters and a bit further on Sheridan was walking his ferrets and we stopped alongside their boat to chat to Tia. As we were blown into the marina various hands waved us a welcome, but fortunately we got SKYY safely alongside for the usual facilities and got onto our pontoon without any embarrassment. Finally to our surprise a knock on the roof in the evening and there was Nicky from N.B. Wayward Spinner, who we last saw as we set sail from Selby in April.

Well that’s it for our cruising in 2011, but the good news is that we are looking forward to new adventures in 2012. Our intention is to ‘do’ The Fens, but to add an extra frisson of excitement we are considering getting onto The Fens via the Wash from Boston. Good chums on another boat are also up for it and as yet we need to do a proper feasibility study, but if anybody has some advice other than ‘Don’t do it’ I would like to hear it.

In the meantime we hope that the winter weather is relatively warm i.e. above freezing with rainy nights, making life easier for you brave continuous cruisers and topping the canals and reservoirs up, for all of us in the Spring.


Naughty-Cal said...

We are planning to have our two week summer holiday in Ely and Cambridge next year, so if you get there before us we would like to see how you get on. Unfortunately for us it will only be a 1 week whistle stop tour of the Ouse to ensure that we have enough time and weather window to get back across the Wash and into Boston. If the weather (and sea) is kind to us then we may head out to Wells next the Sea as well and then visit Wisbech and Fossdyke Harbours on the way back into Boston.

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Anonymous said...

Hiya Jaquie and Mac and Duggy. I have lost your email addy so I am going to wish you both a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on here. I'm not too hopeful that you will see this as the last time you updated the blog was October.So here's hoping.

Pete and Doreen

uurchin said...

enjoyed your blog. We are sailors across the pond in NJ.

marsella said...

very nice posting...

Carol said...

Hi you two, are you on the move yet? Hope all is well with you both.