What a great weekend
we had last weekend. The weather was fantastic for the duration and for one of
only a handful of times so far this year we had the canopies off all weekend.
It was a good job the weather held up as we left them in the car.
The weekend started as
so many have done recently with a Friday evening trip to Lincoln Boat Club for
a few beers and a few games of pool. After closing time we had a few more beers
on Naughty-Cal in the company of some of the clubs members before turning in
for the night rafted up on the boat club mooring.
Saturday morning saw
us up bright and early to take the short trip from the boat club mooring to the
city centre moorings. From here we spent the morning shopping and strolling
around the city centre with a brisk walk up Steep Hill to the cathedral and
castle followed by a more sedate walk back to the boat. By the time we were
back at the boat it was time to crack open a bottle and set off for Torksey,
our BBQ destination for the evening. The run to Torksey was peaceful even
though the canal is busier than normal and visitor moorings are at a premium.
With the boat moored up we set about drinking with friends and BBQing a variety
of meat, fish and vegetables.
Sunday morning saw us
have a lie in, not a common occurrence for us by any means, but we must have
needed it. By the time we had woken up, freshened up and had a couple of cups
of coffee it was gone 10.30am. We decided that there was little point having
breakfast and set off for Saxilby where we would have brunch instead of
breakfast and also would have a tank of hot water to wash the pots with.
Saxilby was still busy but we managed to fit into a small mooring. Here we had
a fantastic brunch of duck eggs and granary bread before finding out we were
moored behind some fellow Canalworld Forum members. Well it would have been
rude not to stop and say hello and share a few cold lagers. Sadly our chat was stopped short as we had to
head back to the marina, have dinner and put the canopies back on in time to
head back to work the next day. But it was a great end to a great weekend.
Here are just a few
pictures of our sunny weekend.
We briefly caught up
with some friends over the weekend for a quick chat at the Pyewipe. They have
just come back from a week long holiday at Wells next the Sea. On their return
trip along with some old acquaintances they decided to stay out in the Wash
estuary for a second tide, ordinarily we sprint across in the one tide. They
spent the remainder of the first tide and the first part of the second tide
anchoring in the shelter of the sand banks just outside the navigable channel beside
the Charlie Buoy of the Boston Deep Channel.
The photographs they
have shown us are quite simply amazing. Having crossed the Wash many times now
we have still only really seen it over the high water period with the sand
banks covered by the sea. To see the area at low water it looks completely
different and a much more welcoming and inviting sight. At high water in gloomy
conditions the Wash really does appear to be a very inhospitable environment.
The boat crews enjoyed
a sunny afternoon of playing on the sand banks, seal watching, dinghy racing
and simply relaxing onboard as the sun shone down on them. The pictures they
have taken have really got us thinking about yet another holiday option for the
end of this month.
We hadn’t expected a
third salty water based holiday for this year but with favourable tide times
for the week that we are away, it is now a choice high on our list of preferred
cruising options. This trip would give
us a real mix of cruising, from the tame waters of the non tidal River Witham
to the tidal river and the sea beyond also with the chance to spend some time
at anchor thrown in for good measure. Plus as we would have the dinghy with us
we can also take some time out and explore some of the many dykes and drainage
ditches that run into the Witham along its route.
This is a completely
unexpected holiday option, that wouldn’t see us travel far, yet it would be a
whole set of firsts for us and Naughty-Cal. Who knows where we will end up now.
We must be getting
lazy because for the third weekend in a row the furthest we have ventured is
Lincoln city centre. You don’t need to go far to enjoy yourself as we are
currently finding out. The sum total of our travelling this weekend has been
just five miles and that is in two trips!
It all started on
Friday night with a cruise down to Lincoln Boat Club for a few beers. As we
were in Lincoln to do some shopping on Saturday night we moored on the boat
club mooring for the evening before heading onto the Riverside Centre moorings
on Saturday morning. From here the shops are all within easy walking distance
of the boat.
With the shopping
finished and the sun shining we couldn’t really be bothered to move on so we
cracked open a few beers and watched the world go by. We had a fleeting visit
from a pair of flamenco dancers keen to advertise their business with some
photographs taken on the boat before late in the afternoon heading back to the
marina for the evening, enjoying a fine dinner of mackerel, homemade mustard
potato salad and rocket salad.
After a quick breakfast
on Sunday morning and a brief run out in the dinghy we set off again in the
direction of Lincoln. This time deciding to anchor in Brayford Pool as the sun
was yet again shining down on us. We enjoyed a fine afternoon of sun bathing on
the bow before bidding our retreat into the cockpit as the storm clouds
gathered overhead. Under stormy skies we eventually set off for home where we
enjoyed another fine dinner of homemade Chicken Kiev’s, sautéed new potatoes,
baby corn, purple sprouting broccoli and sugar snap peas. A great end to another great weekend.
Here is just a small
selection of photographs from this lazy weekend for your viewing pleasure.
On the way to Lincoln Boat Club
The bar has opened early
Flamenco dancers in Lincoln
Ted on his RIB
The ever present Lincoln swans
Sunny sundays draw big crowds at the waterside pubs
So another weekend is
upon us and this year really does seem to be flying by. Already we are at the
beginning of August and it won’t be long before we are heading out on our final
weeks holiday for 2012 at the end of this month.
This weekend promises
to be another good one, with Friday evening spent in Lincoln Boat Club having a
few beers and a few games of pool. Later we will either moor on the Lincoln
visitor moorings or anchor in Brayford Pool overnight depending on how our mood
takes us and what the weather is deciding to do. If it is blowing a little we
will moor up as the anchor can and often does drag in the deep layer of rotting
vegetation on the bed of the pool which provides little in the way of holding
for a Delta anchor.
On Saturday we plan to
do a spot of food shopping in Lincoln markets before chilling out on the
Waterside Centre moorings and watching the city go about its daily grind. We
may have friends from Goole coming up to join us for the weekend depending what
the weather has in store. If the weather holds we will have a BBQ but if not we
will have plenty of good food to choose from to rustle up a fine meal on board.
Depending on how our mood takes us we may stay in Lincoln for the evening or
head back to the marina. We won’t be venturing too far this weekend as my ankle
is still very sore from last week’s incident but we may spend the evening away
from our mooring for a change. Who knows?
With the boat serviced
last weekend we can have a relaxing Sunday this weekend. With not a lot to do other
than have a final check that everything is running ok with the big green lump, we
can just chill out and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere before heading back to the
marina late afternoon and enjoying yet more fine food onboard before finally
getting ready for the week of work ahead.
Only two and a half more
weeks of work before we have another weeks break onboard Naughty-Cal. I can’t
wait now but we still need to decide where we are heading and then plan out the
route to ensure that we make the absolute most of our holiday. We may have to
pin down our destination this weekend.
Our last holiday of
this year was always going to be a more sedate affair than the two summer coastal
cruises. Our original plan for this break had been a weeklong trip to York with
a short stop at Goole along the way. However the tide timings for the beginning
of the week simply won’t leave us enough time to round Trent Falls and enter
Goole at a sociable and sensible hour. We don’t like the idea of going the long
way around (Keadby to Selby and vice versa) both ways as this simply doesn’t
leave enough time to enjoy York, by the time you have got there it is time to
come back again. So we are looking for a suitable Plan B.
We currently have a
few ideas which we are toying with but have as yet to decide which we will opt
for. Current thoughts and ideas for our August cruise are:
Black Sluice – A visit to the recently opened Black Sluice
which branches off the tidal River Witham near Boston Docks. This option would
give us a relaxed week of cruising on the non tidal Witham, coming and going as
we please with no tides to worry about bar the tidal window heading out to
explore the Black Sluice. This is a navigation we have yet to visit despite it
being on our doorstep and currently the EA has a special offer for visitors of
two nights for £11.
Sprotborough – A cruise along the Sheffield and South
Yorkshire Navigation to the village of Sprotborough with possibly a further
extension to Swinton to visit Liam’s mum’s cafe should time permit. We have to
date cruised the SSYN as far as Bramwith and the junction with the New Junction
Canal, so the section from Bramwith to Sprotborough and Swinton is as yet new
to us and would give us the chance to explore new waterways and find new places
to visit. The return leg of the journey would be via the Aire and Calder
Navigation and Goole, giving us the chance to visit Pollington for a curry and
also the opportunity to give Cal the chance to stretch her legs rounding Trent
Falls with a session spent anchored at Trent End to wait for the tide back to
River Trent – The final option is a week relaxing on the
non tidal Trent. This is a route we have travelled many times before but still
provides plenty of varied places to moor and visit. We always enjoy visiting
the non tidal Trent and always have a great time wherever we end up. If time
allows there is still the short section of river from Trent Lock to Sawley that
we have yet to navigate so there may still be some exploration of new waters in
this cruise as well.
As you can see we are
leaving our options open for this cruise. We are intending to cruise alone so
we have no concrete plans other than we will leave the marina on Friday evening
and get the holiday off to a cracking start, wherever the destination may be.