August 7th 2011 we nearly lose drive ?

It was a good idea that we decided to have a short trip yesterday. After the Braunston Tunnel (a lot less scary than Harecastle)

There is light at the end of the tunnel


we had to tackle seven double locks (luckily we locked up with a father and his two sons who were on a bonding weekend – made it quite easy).  We moored at the top lock and got on with a few jobs.  Whilst checking the engine Captain Norwyn found a stray bolt and discovered it was from the prop shaft. There should be four but now there were only two. 

Today the first trip was to the chandlers to get replacement bolts.  After a bit of hacksawing and choice language Captain Norwyn declared the boat ready to roll but as we were near to The Heart of the Shires shopping village  we went to have a look and ended up buying a new teapot because the spout fell off the other (yes Kirsty – buy cheap, buy twice – glad your’re back safely).

After lunch we set off along a very pretty section of the Grand Union canal and finally moored up at Bugbrooke at some lovely moorings.

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