Uxbridge to Little Venice

Monday and Tuesday 26/27th April 2010 Whilst the regulars have all desserted Little Venice, Zulu has deliberately made the journey into town, to be around and about during the IWA Cavalcade 2010. We set off from Uxbridge after treating the dogs to a bus – train – bus journey from Burghfield, near Reading to Uxbridge. …

Winkwell to Uxbridge – we finally made it!

Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th April Zulu is home! On 18th December, the day the Trent and Mersey reopened at Middlewich, we set off from Middlewich on a three week trip to our new moorings at Uxbridge.  Almost 4 months later we have finally arrived thanks to ice and stoppages along the way but it has been…

Marsworth to Winkwell

Easter Monday 5th April 2010 Marsworth locks are one of my favourite flights in a beautiful setting alongside the reservoirs.  They are quite easy locks too, not too deep and in very good working order, so we made light work of them, meeting the first boats of the day at the top lock where a…

Simpson to Marsworth

Easter Sunday 4th April 2010  Here we are in Marsworth then. Its been a great run today as I set off about 9am and got here about 7pm so the batteries are well topped up, but TV reception isn’t great here and 3G broadband is almost non existent, certainly on O2 and T-Mobile, so I…

Weedon to Milton Keynes

Sunday 29th March 2010 What a busy two weeks since I left Zulu at Weedon.  I did return to the boat once, to do some maintenance as I remember being amazed that after 3 days the fire was still smouldering away, but being away last weekend and working yesterday, this was the first chance to make…

Braunston to Weedon

Sunday 14th March 2010 Hi from Weedon.  Buckby locks were definitely open and the trip from Braunston was very nice – a bit breezy at times but the weather has been very spring like today so no complaints there. The Braunston tunnel cutting repairs are very extensive, with a new concrete wall where the landslip…

Braunston – Chinese at the Wheatsheaf

Now let me share a much happier experience. I have just had a most fantastic chinese takeaway from the Grace Chinese takeaway (and eat in) which is run independently of, but within, the Wheatsheaf pub.  I had a good pint while waiting too. There’s no sign outside, and orders are placed at a sort of…

The long way home

Monday 8th March 2010 There’s still no bus service from Braunston on a Sunday so I had to wait until Monday morning before heading home.  It didn’t help a lot when I woke after 7am, as I was intending to get the 07:34 bus to Rugby and then train home.  But at what price? (Another…

Fosse Locks to Braunston

Sunday 7th March 2010 Another cold start to the day. This time minus 9.5 and enough to freeze the canal yet again.   I certainly broke some miles of ice today! Not much to say about the journey though, as it all went like clockwork.  I started very early and arrived at Long Itchington about 9am, just in…

Tom O’the Wood to Fosse Locks. Water everywhere!

Saturday 6th March 2010 Zulu started first time this morning.  That is the good news. The rest of the day has been very watery indeed.  I needed an early start to get through Hatton so 6:30 am it was.  Beautiful chilly morning with a lovely blue sky. Wateryness Number 1. By the time I got…