Sunday, 30 October 2011

A weekend with nb Briar Rose

On Friday we made our way towards Brinklow to meet up with Adam on Nb Briar Rose for a planned weekend trip to Braunston and back.  Adam had left Brinklow marina about 1/2 hour before we got there so we followed with about 6 or 7 boats between us –it seemed very busy but was probably due to fact that people had not moved much on Thursday because it was so wet.

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We passed through the Newbold Tunnel before getting to Rugby.  The tunnel is famous for its lights which flood it like a rainbow.  Sadly there are now too many bulbs which have blown and it’s all looking a bit grim.

We stopped off at Tesco in Rugby and while Doug was shopping James watched a British Waterways chap pull this lot out of the canal from under the road bridge in less than 20 minutes!………

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We moored up with nb Briar Rose by the golf course just outside Rugby.  Adam had managed to find a place for both boats and the place for ‘Chance’ was perfect down the last foot of space (bless him).  Adrian joined us at 7.30 pm having taken the train from work.Braunston 061

‘Chance’ and ‘Briar Rose’ moored up for the night.

On Saturday both boats headed up the Hillmorton Locks where we met up with, and had a quick chat with, Ian and Irene on  Nb ‘’Free Spirit’,  (fellow bloggers) - hope to meet you for longer next time!

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Adam, Adrian and Doug at the top lock at Hillmorton – having a quick coffee and home made ginger biscuits made by Adam.

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Passing the somewhat infamous Barby Marina still very much unfinished but with a few boats moored together as there are still no pontoons!

We arrived just after lunch time at Braunston.  As there weren’t many spare moorings we breasted up together and then took a walk to the Admiral Nelson pub at lock 3.   Surprisingly they didn’t do a lunchtime snack menu so we had a pint and then walked into Braunston village and had a bite to eat at The Old Plough.

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Breasted up at Braunston.

After a walk around and visits to various chandlers we then headed back towards Brinklow and  mooring for the evening  just after bridge No 88.

We had a great evening aboard ‘Chance’ with Adam and Adrian -  plenty of food and drink of course!

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Adam,  Adrian and James  (James looking surprised for no apparent reason)

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Adrian, Doug and Adam after several more bottles of wine (not really!)

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