Sunday, 8 January 2012

Braunston to Norton Junction

We left our mooring yesterday in beautiful sunshine again -  this weather really is amazing for the time of year!  Correction to our mooring position from yesterday – should have read between bridges 80 and 81)


We were soon moored outside Midland Chandlers in Braunston for a  few bits and pieces we needed.

After mooring further up we took a walk into Braunston village for a few supplies, had lunch on board and waited for another boat to share the locks with and along came nb Teal.  This made made the 6 locks a much easier passage.  Very bizarrely the owners came from a village in Oxfordshire very close to where James was born so there was much discussion about '”how things have changed in the Vale of the White Horse” as we ascended the flight. 


nb Teal following us into Braunston tunnel.


‘Chance’ just about to enter the 2000 yard long Braunston tunnel – always exiting!

There being very little boat traffic around we continued to Norton Junction and who should be waving at us from their hatch but fellow blogger Al and Del on nb Derwent 6


We moored up behind them and had a quick chat before they joined us on board at around 5pm for drinks!


Del, Al and James catching up.

Chatting away we suddenly all realised we hadn’t eaten so we put all the food we were both going to have together and made a very good meal. 


With great company and good food, (and lots of wine) was it 6 bottles?


Del and Al finally stumbled back after 2am!  This was a great impromptu ‘chance’ meeting and a brilliant night – Thanks very much guys and we hope to do it again sometime.

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