It's been a busy time since my last blog. After our return from Cornwall Oakapple has been dry docked at Braunston. It was long overdue for the bottom to be blacked and there were some other jobs to be done, the tunnel bands and gunwales repainted and a broken hinge to be mended on the bow locker. The marina at Braunston did a very efficient job, into the dock on time and the quality of the work was excellent.
It is the first time we have seen Oakapple out of the water and it is a revelation to see quite how deep she actually is.
We slipped out of Braunston on Saturday morning heading down the 'Grand Union' for our summers cruising. The plan is for London and the Thames, in company with NB Muleless as far as Watford,ish
They were already at Weedon and by midweek we caught up. The weather has been a bit patchy but we had a good run down the locks at Stoke Bruerne and moored at Cosgrove for a couple of days. There is some great walking around the Village, with paths along the river Great Ouse, which the canal crosses on an iron trunk aqueduct via a great embankment. The sun shone and it was quite hot at times. As often happens, there was an impressive thunder storm all around which certainly rattled the portholes.