21st March 2020
After an overnight stay in Hinckley to pick up provisions we left the following day. We had a lovely cruise with plenty of sunshine but that wind was still icy cold. We passed Trinity Marina where we were going to stop to pick up some diesel but they were closed so we continued to Ashby Boat Company where we filled our diesel tank, emptied our cassettes and disposed of our rubbish. During this journey we also stopped at the farm shop at Bridge 23 and managed to pick up some meat and a few vegetables which would hopefully tide us over for a few days before we needed to visit the supermarket again. We then moored between bridges 26 and 27 just passed Willow Park Marina. Here we met up with Andrew and Julia from NB Lingalonga. We first encountered Andrew when we were moored at Reedley Marina just after our launch day on May 2018, he helped us to our pontoon as it was exceptionally windy the day we arrived. He was just fitting out his boat which on completion, he and Julia were to become continuous cruisers.
We didn’t actually film this part of our journey as we had intended to have a break from filming until we reached the top of the Ashby Canal. We would then film our return journey. However things did not go to plan as on 23rd March the Prime Minister put the country into lockdown and everyone except key workers had to stay at home to prevent the spread of the Covid 19 virus. We wasn’t sure what effect this announcement would have on our movement, however the Canal and River Trust then released a statement that continuous cruisers who lived aboard were only allowed to move their boats for essential journeys only. This meant that we could only move to use boaters services or to pick up food. Although we had stopped at Hinckley for provisions we were only able to pick up a few supplies as some people had already started to panic buy some products. Meat and vegetables had been in short supply along with toilet rolls, soap, hand sanitiser and quite a lot of tinned and dry goods.
24th March 2020
So this is where we pick up from in the video!
As we knew there was another water tap not too far ahead I had completed a couple of washing loads in the few days that we moored here. So on 24th March we took a short journey to the boaters facilities at Sutton Wharf, it was a beautiful cruise on a beautiful spring day and for some reason we felt really guilty for moving the boat but we had almost depleted our water supply with the washing I had done!
Heading in a northerly direction the canal meanders carelessly pass Dadlington towards Sutton Chaney Wharf where we use the boaters facilities before mooring opposite Ambion Wood. This was a lovely quiet mooring spot opposite King Richards Well and the site reputed to be the last significant battle of the War of the Roses that extended across England in the latter half of the 15th century. ( more about this in a later vlog!)
We stayed at this mooring for 2 weeks, but more about that in the next vlog!