14th May 2020
We have been moored at Snarestone Wharf for 4 and half weeks and we really couldn’t of chosen a better place to spend Lockdown. Completed in 1804, the Ashby Canal is currently 22 miles long, but originally extended a further 8 miles through Measham to Moira until 1944 when mining subsidence resulted in the slow decline of the the last 8 miles, until in 1966 when it was eventually closed. It was originally intended as a connection between the Coventry Canal and the River Trent (but didn’t quite make it that far) and served the coalfields around Moira and Measham.
During our time here we spent time taking in some walking in the local area and a couple of times we walked the 2.5 miles cross country into Measham to pick up some shopping supplies. Measham has a small Tesco Express and a larger better stocked Co-op store for provisions. It also has a post office which accepted Click and Collect parcels so Pat made good use of this service and a pharmacy where we picked up our prescription medicines.
Twice a week we cycled into Measham for our supplies. However the gates to the Ashby Canal Association shop which lead up to the road were closed so we had to find an alternative route. The first time we went, we followed the bed of the restored section of the canal but this was not cycle able so walked this section and then the gates were locked at the end so we ended up lifting the bikes over. We needed another route! We discussed our dilemma with the other boaters who suggested an alternative route which took us across a field but was a much easier route.
Each week we (Pat) reversed back to the service point to fill our water tank and empty our toilet cassettes. I took the short walk across the little swing bridge to dispose of any rubbish on a daily basis.
While here we also had a special delivery! Over the last year we have been discussing the pros and cons of changing our toilet system from cassette to waterless or a composting system. I was very keen to make the swap but Pat less so. Foxes Afloat did a really good vlog when they changed their system from cassette to a Compoost toilet and this was the catalyst I needed to work on Pat. We were supposed to meet up with Colin and Shaun but due to Covid 19 this didn't happen but we did have some lengthy conversations with them. We did however meet up with Andrew and Julia on NB Lingalonga who also have a composting toilet and discussions with them helped us to make the decision to go ahead with the purchase of a Compoost toilet.