Monday, 4 August 2014

A Gathering of Barnowls

Thursday evening we had a gathering of Barnowls. Not the feathered variety but owners of boats built by Barnowl Narrowboats. On my last post I mentioned our evening with Joe & Lesley from NB Yarwood and our encounter with Sue & George on NB Caxton. So, Thursday we all met up at the Old Plough in Braunston for a meal in their restaurant. We all had a great time, scoffing and quaffing, and comparing notes about our three different boats. Thanks all for a memorable evening.
Late morning on Friday we moved on down through Braunston to water up and turn round before heading up the North Oxford towards Rugby. We moored up late PM at the popular prison moorings near Onley, opposite the splendid new gate on the path to the prison. We saw several people come through it and jog off down the towpath. Perhaps the prisoners are escaping? The moorings were quite empty when we arrived, but soon filled up as evening approached.
Saturday morning saw us going on to Brinklow Marina for a short stay. Just as we reached Newbold the heavens opened, as usually happens as we reach the tunnel, and we entered the marina in quite a damp condition.On Sunday the Captain decided the Gardner needed a good buffing! No, not a euphemism for something Lady Chatterly might do on a wet afternoon, but a general polishing of the yards of copper and brass pipes used in the installation of the engine. A job that was a bit overdue but the Captain claims that "if you can't see the difference it's not worth doing!"

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