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Crick to Norton Junction

Hours cruised – 4

Sofa beds delivered – 1

Sofa beds disposed of -1

Reverse only boats – 1

Crick show is over for another year and the weather-gods continued to smile. Not a drop of rain over all 3 days. Statistically this can’t bode well for next year.

This morning saw delivery of our new sofa bed – a definite improvement. Also very convenient as we stopped for water at Crick Wharf and the bed delivery van pulled up right next to the boat – unfortunately the van door opened onto a large patch of mud. Needless to say quantities were delivered in to the boat along with the sofa. Handy they could take away the old one at the same time though.

Crick Wharf also saw the departure of 50% of the crew (60% if you count the dog) leaving 2 of us to head off to Gayton Marina.

The trip to Norton Junction was uneventful except for a couple of things either end of Watford Locks.

First, at the top, the CRT toilets, while clean and functional,  did remind me of a typical US jail cell. All stainless steel, no seat and everything bolted down. Imagine my surprise to discover an electrically operated no-touch foamy handwash dispenser next to the sink (cold tap only). Do check it out if you are in the area. Second, at the bottom of the locks was the reverse-only boat. Called Hullabaloo, it had decided that forwards was reverse and reverse was non-existant. I hope the engineer turned up to rescue the family on board.

We decided to stick with the Leicester line for one more night and moored just before Norton Junction. I’m glad we did because the moorings on the main line round the corner are somewhat utilitarian.

Next stop Gayton.

Crick 2016 Day 2

Hours cruised 0

IDIOTS 0 but depends, could be 2 (probably is)

Classic album Power in the Darkness  TRB (Much of it live from the man himself this evening)

A great day and Crick starting the day late with a visit to the Danish  van and the toilet!

We now own a new sofa bed, hopefully more comfortable than the old one   Afternoon  tea in the VIP lounge (despite no WW goody bag) and a small afternoon snooze  for those left behind,  Boo can snore when she chooses.

An evening in the beer tent watching the brilliant  Tom Robinson who at 66 is fabulous.  Idiot of the day was asking us to sit down! When told it was a gig got a bit sniffy so we moved to the mosh Pit!  For those over 50!

A fantastic concert helped on by the great beer tent.

New bed delivered tomorrow. Can’t wait. Full report to come

Crick Boatshow day 1

Boat shows visited – 1

Hours cruised – 0

Classic album REM Automatic for the people  should have been Parallel lines by Blondie but dodgy internet stopped this (more of this later)

Before I start, a couple of points about our hosts Crick Marina. Obviously, when the gift of hospitality was given out, they were out . Considering that the show is all about the waterways, they don’t make visiting  boaters very welcome.

  • Can we have access to facilities to empty toilets etc  – No
  • Can we have access to wifi as 3G is naff here (happy to pay for it) – No

Very welcoming! Makes me wonder why they have the show here!

There may be very good reasons for this approach, but if there are, it would be nice to know them. I can feel a letter to Waterways World (or maybe this is one for Canal Boat Mag, as I now have a subscription to hat too – Looking forward to the wine!)

Anyway, rant over so on with the post.

Boat show opened at 10 with regular countdown which interrupted the bacon and egg sandwich production momentarily whilst we listened to the countdown with bated breath.

Visited loads of useful stalls, exhaust chap, new propeller chap and passed the composting toilet throne chap complete with step to allow you to wee in total comfort and also bought some very nice gin and had a pause to have test lie on a potential new sofa bed, we did ask if we could take a sleeping bag and have a sleepover.

Ended the day with a g ‘n t with newly purchased rhubarb gin a satisfactory meal in the  Moorings restaurant and a quick pint in the beer tent listening to a Blondied tribute band (I said there would be more later. )

Loads of interesting places to visit

Roll on Crick day 2