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 ...

Sunday 4 July 2010

Cruising to Crick

On Saturday we cruised about 12 miles down to Crick on a far from straight canal; no locks though, just sunshine and a gentle breeze to keep us company.  Crick is famous for it's annual boat show, usually held around the end of May and very popular with narrowboaters.

P1250843 Leaving Welford Wharf and heading back down the canal

P1250853A Dramatic sky 'through fields of barley' or is it wheat?


and not quite ready barley, or is it wheat? Sparkling colours and symmetrical lines anyway, whatever it is!

P1250888  The kids were enjoying the sunshine


Idyllic, chilled cruising


Noticing an increase in boat traffic now


Crick Marina entrance


From our mooring by the 'Edwards of Crick' pub at bridge 12

Once we'd moored at Crick, Barry retraced our steps along the tow path and went for a bike ride up 'Cracks Hill', while I walked into Crick to find a suitable meeting place for my parents on Sunday when they're collecting us to go to Kenilworth Castle for the day.

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Views of the canal from the top of Cracks Hill


Crick from Cracks Hill


There's a beacon atop the hill - obviously to warn of enemy invasion - all ready to be lit which seems rather ominous!

P1250963  St Margaret's Church, Crick

Crick is another perfectly delightful, affluent appearing village, with a population approaching 2,000 - there appear to be an abundance of these pleasant, picturesque settlements in these parts. 


A very elaborate thatched roof house in the village

So on Sunday morning we'll be picked up to visit Kenilworth Castle - it looks like a short journey from here, but looks can be deceiving ...

P1250596AAre these flowers or weeds?  Either way they're a bright sunny colour and very pretty

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