Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Peaceful Ashby

Yesterday saw us move onto the Ashby Canal in glorious sunshine. We like the Ashby for the rural landscapes and the fact that it is generally very quiet. It's a couple of years since we were last on this stretch and its amazing how many sections you forget in that time. 
Our friends David & Sarah phoned us to say that they were moored just north of Hinckley. We weren't too far away, but the lure of the Lime Kilns pub beside bridge 15 got the better of us for lunch. The lamb & mint pudding went down a treat - well, in fact, it went down with a pint of Pedigree and Louise enjoyed a baguette and glass of white wine - large one of course. 
Suitably refreshed we cruised the short distance north to join up with David & Sarah and get our long awaited tour of The Hodma'dod (East Anglian for 'snail').
The Hodma'dod
Built by DJ Narrowboats at Crick, it was really evident that a lot of planning and hard work had gone into this project. David & Sarah had clearly thought of lots of issues and been able to fit lots of things on their new boat and we are sure they will enjoy the rewards of their hard work as they cruise the waterways. Hoddie is a lovely boat. 
We planned to cruise for another hour or so in the evening, but were thwarted by a heavy thunderstorm so stayed put for the night.
Black & white seemed right in the damp conditions
Today we have cruised to the terminus at Snarestone. We set off reasonably early as the forecast was for rain, but it has been generally dry. A few boats moving, but very peaceful. We watched a red kite hovering over fields around Congerstone for a while. Although more and more common now, not that often we see them around here, and Louise thinks its a first for her. 
We will spend the night here at Snarestone as it is so quiet and then head back towards Stoke Golding tomorrow and meet up with David & Sarah for dinner......that is the plan.

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