Sheila Smith, Sign-writer at work - Braunston, April 2006

Friday, 26th May 2006:

After re-painting the exterior of the back cabin and engine room at Welford we moved to Braunston Marina so that Sheila Smith could complete the sign-writing. The picture above shows Sheila working 'under cover' in an attempt to shelter from the unexpectedly warm spring sunshine on Thursday, 4th May 2006. Our visit to Braunston was not without a little drama - the engine stalled just as we were manoeuvring into the marina and we were unable to start it again because the bolts holding the starter motor cradle to the crank-case had worked loose and we didn't have the necessary half inch BSF socket to secure it again; then as we were poling the boat into position, 'GC' fell into the water! The speed at which a ginger cat can climb a boat pole needs to be seen to be believed!

Moored near Bridge 13 at Crick - May 2006
A break of evening sunlight during the, otherwise wet, boat show at Crick - May 2006

At Crick for the Boat Show!

After Braunston, we spent a fortnight at Napton on the Oxford canal - still persevering with our painting (weather permitting) - and then moved back on to the Leicester Section of the Grand Union Canal for the Crick Boat Show. The canal at Crick is extremely shallow and we need a depth of at least three feet to moor, eventually we found a satisfactory mooring adjacent to Bridge 13 and friends are welcome to visit us here. Beware though - the tow path is extremely muddy! We expect to be here until Wednesday, 31st May 2006 after which we shall be heading back towards Banbury to prepare for our trip down the Avon and Severn rivers to the Canal & Folk Festival at Saul, Gloucestershire.

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