Thursday, 21 August 2014

Spring Summer Cruise 2014 ❺❹

Braunston Junction to Hillmorton Top Lock

Overnight the weather was very cold with light showers.

Morning: Another steady start to the day. After a leisurely breakfast we winded Rosie in the marina entrance. We disposed of the rubbish and filled up with water before setting off up the North Oxford Canal. We found plenty of boats on the move mostly hire boats.

Afternoon: We arrived mid afternoon at Hillmorton Top Lock and moored up for the day.  The locks were very busy throughout the day and there was a volunteer on duty. Two men were spotted flying a Harris Hawk in the fields alongside the locks.

Evening: The wind picked up steadily throughout the evening.


Birds: House Sparrow, Wren, Carrion Crow, Rook,  Starling, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail, Canadian Goose, Coot, Waterhen,  Wood Pigeon, Kestrel,  Buzzard, Kite, Thrush, Lesser Black Backed Gull,  Black Headed Gull, Swallow and House Martin.

Butterflies: Meadow Brown and Red Admiral.
Bats: Pipistrelle,  Daubentons,
Dragonflies: Common Damselfly
Today's Total.
Miles: 7.6
Locks: 0
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 3.0
Solar Panels: 54 Ah
Accumulated Total.
Miles: 2011.7
Locks: 1279
Swing / Lift Bridges: 297
Tunnels: 36
Pump Outs: 20
Engine Hours: 29
Solar Panels: 17451 Ah

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