Narrowboat AREandARE

From the 2009 & 2010 tantalising tales, traumas and stunning photographs of Barry (photographer) and Sandra (writer) from New Zealand aboard NB 'Northern Pride', to the stories of their 2013 return journey, purchase of 'AREandARE', progress on sustaining their live aboard continuous cruiser lifestyle, and Barry's quest to gain residency and 'Indefinite Leave to Remain' in UK ...

Saturday 19 September 2009

Power restored once more and the perfect venue

We started out later than planned this morning, and had a call from Charlie about 1130hrs as he'd arrived at the Dog and Doublet.  Unfortunately we were still about an hours journey away, so he found another place to meet at Curdworth Top Lock.  A lovely lady in a cottage there made him a cup of tea while he waited for us.


Jamie checking the map to see just where we are in the country

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First locks of the day at Glascote - in her pyjamas - you're not in Gisborne now!


Across the Tame Aquaduct again! then left at Fazeley Junction

P1150268 Sometimes you can't find a sign for love nor money, but not here!!

P1150273The entrance to the picturesque Fazeley Mill Marina where we had to stop for a gas bottle 

P1150277 Drayton Manor foot bridge near Drayton Manor Theme Park

P1150280 There are some long straight stretches through Kingsbury Water Park created from some of the old mining pits of the area

A new alternator was fitted by mid-afternoon so our power is restored once again and hopefully that's it for the drama's in that department!

Jamie and I had a walk along the towpath after lunch, to met up with Maggie, Gary, Mikey and Sophie.  We arrived at The Dog and Doublet in blazing sunshine - it's suddenly the most amazing weather!  What's the chance of it being like this next Saturday?  Slim I'd say, but you never know ...

The pub is right on the canal and we made arrangements to ensure we'd have a mooring on the day.  There's a marquee where the food will be served and we can stay undercover should the British weather not be kind to us!


Mikey & Sophie helping with the locks 

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 Mikey & Sophie and Mikey's granddad Michael in the background


 Great pub setup at the 'Dog & Doublet' - apparently it used to be called the 'Dog & Jacket' as a doublet is an old fashion jacket


  Gary, Jamie, Mikey, Sophie, Sandra and Maggie enjoying a wee drink

Maggie and co stayed for tea on the boat, and Barry gave Sophie some photography tips as she's hoping to study it at University next year. They wandered over the canal into a hayfield for a quick photo shoot.


The field opposite the pub which is full of fresh hay bales


All sorts of possibilities!

P1150311 Mikey took this one from lying on his stomach - very clever!


 Sophie got to pose before she could say no!

P1150319 More hay bales - The Belfry Golf Club is behind the trees in the distance

In the evening we noticed gaggles of geese flying overhead and landing in the hayfield not far away, so Barry and Gary went to investigate.  As they walked closer to them they suddenly all flew away all at once.  The funny thing was that the best photos would have been taken from the boat where they were all flying overhead and making a tremendous noise!  Obviously it's getting time for them to fly south for the winter - now that sounds like a good idea to me ...

 P1150333 There were literally hundreds of them gathered in the field


After about half an hour they all started to come back again


They've apparently been doing this for the last few days and have left each morning at the same time - 8:30am


Sandra on the front of the boat trying to get a good internet connection

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