20th June 2020
We have been moored at Brownsover near Rugby for 8 days and have replenished our supplies. The Tesco was within easy walking distance and it was a reasonable sized store. There was also a couple of retail parks nearby for any other shopping requirements and the town was about 25 mins walk away with an even bigger choice of shops.
It’s time now to find a more rural mooring spot. We top up with water and head in a South -easterly direction down the North Oxford Canal. We climb the three Hillmorton locks, reputed to be the busiest flight of locks in the country. Originally three single locks these caused a persistent bottleneck on the now busy Oxford canal. So in 1829, when the canal was shortened by 11 miles these were extended to the paired locks you see today thus relieving the bottleneck and improving the London to Birmingham route. The canal then meanders in a south westerly direction, we pass the new Dunchurch Pools Marina with its impressive gateway and finally moor just before bridge 87 near the little village of Willoughby, 5 miles south of Rugby. Total of miles travelled today is 8 miles.
We thought we had found a lovely quiet isolated spot, and that can be said about tow path traffic as not many people passed while we were here. However, boat traffic was entirely another point. Because we were moored between two busy marinas and to be fair it was the week end, we had about 50 boats pass us in both directions! Also the Government had announced the easing of some restrictions and leisure boaters were allowed to take their boats out for the day but still not spend overnight. So every boat that passed one way, passed again on their return journey! Pat had to keep going out to bang our mooring pins in as they kept coming out!
21st June 2020
It was our daughters birthday on the 20th, our son in law's on 17th and Fathers day today so we celebrated with a virtual dinner party via FaceTime. Rebecca chose the menu and the time and 30 mins prior to sitting down we got together to make the final preparations. it was a great success and we will defiantly be doing it again.