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  1. We are now well on our way to Langley Mill moving the boats and completing work in between. 

    Our last project to get finished before we start our maintenance schedule is a memory tree for a school to complement a Japanese Maple they are growing, so we have been busy working on this when moored up. Ready for install next month. Looking forward to seeing it in place.

    We have taken a few photos on our travels they are a bit sporadic as we often forget.

    We have been through a few tunnels over the last few days 4 to be precise all quite long ones and worthy of being called tunnels.

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    Leicestershire does have some pretty country side and lost of animals.

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    We have been up a staircase at Watford Locks and down a staircase at the better known Foxton Locks. So lots of bowhauling of Lyra. However staircase flights are quite a relaxed bowhaul, lock to lock with volunteers to help with paddles and gates. The worst bit is getting the rope under all the little bridges and around any excellently placed flower baskets.

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    Looking down the Foxton incline plane.

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    Then we jump to Leicester which as usual is full of rubbish gathered around locks including half sheets of ply, plastics and all sorts of other lovely things to foul the blade at any moment. I suppose some of this gathers when the River has been in flood. There are now lots of moorings to be had with new pontoons put in with electric hook up and water. However it was pretty dead even the Castle Garden Moorings were empty.

    The Mile straight.

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    Graffiti near Frog Island.

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    People seem chatty and friendly and most help to open and close lock gates while asking questions. We have educated people on butties id say 9 out of 10 people we have met over the last few days including other boats have had no clue what a butty is. Its getting to that time of year when all the classics come out 'have you broken down?' 'Are you saving fuel?' anyone else with a pair will be familiar with this.

    Our next blog post will be from Langley Mill Boat Yard where we will be getting stuck into making the boats smart again with annual docking/blacking and other works, before getting stuck back into money making work rather than money spending in June.

    See you there

     

     

  2. We are now starting our journey to Langley Mill boatyard ready for our annual maintenance. We have a couple of jobs to get completed on the way and then our calendar is clear to concentrate on the boats for a month and give them the tlc they need and deserve for working so hard for us each day.

    The first task at hand was to turn around which we decided to do at the bottom of Knowle locks as we thought we could turn them breasted and get water if we wanted. The turn before at Black Boy is only really big enough to get one bow in at a time. However this plan didn't end up saving us any time as Lyra did not fit around, we were short a fair few inches. So it was take Lyra back, backwards to Black Boy to spin her around and on our way.

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    We shall not be moving to fast as there are currently some stoppages on the Leicester section till the 15th April to repair some leaky locks.

    So we may as well share a few more photos with you of our work over the last few months.

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    We have some exciting projects coming up including a couple of memory trees. Both completely different from each other and one much more imminent than the other. 

    We have spent the last couple of days having a good old tidy up and a service to the genset ready for the next load of work. A good old move around in the work shop is due to ready for when our new welding table arrives. Exciting, its something we have waited a while to have.

    If anyone is reading this who we have meant to get back to about anything and have not please do drop us an email to remind us. Contact us we have been and are extremely busy and always do try to aim to get back to people asap.