Thursday, 10 July 2014

Spring Summer Cruise 2014 ❹⓿

Fradley to Whittington Bridge 78

Overnight the weather was quite mild and the morning brought bright sunshine.

Morning: Filled up the water tank before setting off for the Coventry Canal. Up through the lock at Fradley junction and through the swing bridge and we came across a couple of friends on their narrowboat. We moored up for a coffee and chat.

Afternoon: Finally we managed to set off once again on our journey. The weather continued to be hot and sunny and we met a few boats heading in the other direction. This created a few moments on blind bends. Near Streethay Wharf we met up with a short narrowboat 'XXX Mist' with an outboard motor fitted that was creating a huge breaking  bow wave and engine wash.

Evening: An evening of sunshine and chat with people on the towpath.


Birds: House Sparrow, Dunnock, Magpie, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Grey Lag Goose, Canadian Goose, Coot, Waterhen, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon,  Kestrel, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Sedge Warbler, Swallow, House Martin, Swift the highlight being a pair of Buzzard.

Butterflies: Meadow Brown, Comma, Red Admiral and Orange Tip 
Bats: Pipistrelle
Dragonflies: Banded Damselfly, Common Damselfly, Red Darter, Four Spot Chaser.
Today's Total.
Miles: 5.3
Locks: 1
Swing / Lift Bridges: 1
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 3.6
Solar Panels: 62 Ah
Accumulated Total.
Miles: 1908.6
Locks: 1159
Swing / Lift Bridges: 296
Tunnels: 26
Pump Outs: 20
Engine Hours: 28
Solar Panels: 15810 Ah

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