Saturday, 1 August 2015

Spring Summer Cruse 2015 ❹❾

Field Bridge (130) to Cropredy Lock

Date 1 Aug 2015

Overnight the weather was clear and cold.

Morning: Early breakfast and early start. A couple of hours cruise to Claydon locks. With a rise of 30 feet. The top lock gate is very heavy and some others seemed to be in a similar state. We seemed to meet a boat exiting each lock so never the less a good time was made. The canal is heavily overgrown for long sections and seems to be in dire need of some remedial brush cutting and branch trimming.

Afternoon: Late afternoon arrived in
Cropredy and found the only remaining space on the visitor moorings. Festival next weekend and boats arrive up to three weeks in advance. Which is a surprise as  the moorings are 48 hours.

Evening:  Out to the Brazenose Inn for a meal.


Birds: Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Goldfinch, Coot, Moorhen, Canadian Goose, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon, Buzzard, Black Headed Gull, Common Tern, Sedge Warbler, Swallow, House Martin, Green Woodpecker.

Butterflies: Meadow Brown, Common White, Small White, Comma and Peacock.
Bats: Pipistrelle,  Daubentons,
Damselfly: Banded Damselfly, Beautiful Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, 
Dragonflies: Four Spot Chaser.
Today's Total.
Miles: 9.0
Locks: 8
Swing / Lift Bridges: 1
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 5.0
Solar Panels: 51 Ah

Accumulated Total.
Miles: 2436.3
Locks: 1536
Swing / Lift Bridges: 339
Tunnels: 49
Pump Outs: 23
Engine Hours: 3319.4

Solar Panels: 23236 Ah

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