Monday, 12 May 2014

Spring Summer Cruise 2014 ❶❹

Bardney Lock to Dunstan Fen

The weather has been very changeable over night the wind dying away and the rain only slowing down to a continuous shower.

Morning: A late departure after doing a load of washing. We had a short stay on the Bardney mooring for a shopping trip. As the sun was out we had the rotary washing line up. By the time we were ready for leaving the washing was dry!

Afternoon: We resumed our cruise just before another heavy downpour of rain arrived. A slow cruise in the rain to our overnight stop at Dunstan fen. Where we arrived in bright sunshine.

Evening: A visit to the White Horse Inn which is alongside the Dunstan Fen visitor moorings. Which are opposite the Southe
ry visitor moorings. Our hosts were John and Vicky who have recently bought the pub which has been closed for a long while. The friendly couple are busy trying to rebuild trade. 

You can moor each side of the pontoon. there is about 35 ft gap between the risers on the pontoon. As many as 12 boats can moor without breasting up.
They are working on providing a service to boaters who they see as part of their passing trade. So the White Horse will also be holding the basic staples of Bread, Milk and Eggs for purchase.

Breakfast is available from early morning and the pub is open all day. Monday night is curry night, we had a chicken and a pork tikka, which we enjoyed. The food is well prepared and very tasty.  We will be calling in on our return next Tuesday to try the steak night.  As we see more and more canal and riverside pubs close. It's time to support the ones who give good service to boaters.

Cuckoo, Common Tern, Sedge Warbler, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Swift, Mallard, Coot, Waterhen, Carrion Crow, Rook, Blackbird, Thrush, Mute Swan, Lapwing, Skylark, House Sparrow and Robin.
Today's Total.
Miles: 5.1
Locks: 1
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 3.7
Solar Panels: 105 Ah
Accumulated Total.
Miles: 1765.6
Locks: 1128
Swing / Lift Bridges: 295
Tunnels: 26
Pump Outs: 19
Engine Hours: 2899.3
Solar Panels: 13851 Ah

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