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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.

Monday, 16 April 2012



bit of pampering in a spa at Leamington, what could go wrong there on a Friday the 13th.; well nothing, Jacquie had a lovely time, courtesy of her Son and his girlfriend, a birthday present. Jac returned so invigorated that she wanted to set sail immediately for the freedom of the cut and at midday on Saturday we left the marina, good timing the hire fleets had all returned to base and the first hirers were unlikely to leave for a couple of hours or so.

First stop was Midland Chandlers at Braunston, our meeting with Ann and Gerald of Hampshire Rose had reminded us that we wanted to get the same, extremely comfortable, folding chairs that we had seen them relaxing on last August, the good news was that there last two were on special offer and now we are just looking forward for warm weather so that we can try them out.

The sun was shining but the air cold and soon after leaving Braunston it threatened rain and we moored up in a very beautiful spot just short of Willoughby Wharf. Sunday morning was again bright, but still chilly and as our mooring was so lovely we stayed the day and I did some polishing.

Before it got dark we lifted the planters of the roof and deposited them in the front well under the cratch cover, just as well, as the overnight temperature dropped to minus 4.5 degrees. The morning was splendid and the cold wind of yesterday had dropped, SKYY was wound up early and Jac walked Duggie along the towpath whilst I cruised towards Hillmorton, its three locks and the entrance to the old workshops.

We dropped down the locks, stopped at the water point for all the usual services and then slid into the first available mooring. The afternoon sun was just warm enough to eat our lunch from the comfort of our new chairs on the rear deck, before we set about Duggie with the hair clippers, but I gave up when blood started to flow from his ear. I think it will be much kinder for him to continue to find professional groomers to look after his good looks.

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