Thursday, 14 August 2014

Spring Summer Cruise 2014 ❹❽

Catherine de Barnes to Black Buoy Moorings

Overnight we had frequent showers of rain.

Morning: Watched as steam narrowboat President and butty Kildare set off. Had a leisurely breakfast brought about by the rain pouring down. Spotted a Stork in a field alongside the canal. Plenty of Kingfishers observed.

Afternoon: The five Knowle Locks (41'10'') made a welcome change from the narrow locks we had been getting used to. Plenty of water available here as the lock gates were over topping. Stopped for a late lunch at the Black Buoy Inn, then the rain started which convinced us to stay for the night.

Evening: Time for some TV after a trip to the pub to register our arrival and a beer.


Birds: House Sparrow, Carrion Crow, Rook, Magpie, Mallard, Black Headed Gull,  Canadian Goose, Coot, Waterhen, Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon,  Kestrel,  Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Greater Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Common Tern,  Swallow and Swift the highlight being a Stork.

Butterflies: Meadow Brown
Bats: Pipistrelle
Dragonflies: Banded Damselfly, Common Damselfly
Today's Total.
Miles: 3.1
Locks: 5
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 2.8
Solar Panels: 26 Ah
Accumulated Total.
Miles: 1975.4
Locks: 1233
Swing / Lift Bridges: 297
Tunnels: 35
Pump Outs: 20
Engine Hours: 29
Solar Panels: 17278 Ah

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