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Sunday, December 23, 2012

North Oxford through Brinklow and Newbold

Not sure exactly what`s happening next to bridge 26 on the N. Oxford. To the right a large area has been cleared of trees and bushes. just wondering if it has anything to do with Les Wilson boats on the other side of the bridge.

This is Brinklow, a very popular summertime mooring. Just around the bend is Easenhall bridge 34 or as Canal and River Trust call it on the moorings list, All Oaks Wood. Now in the picture is NB Valerie and I can assure you we have not taken a winter mooring.

This site is, according to the CaRT list (use the drop down box at bottom of page) £6.86 per metre. Now two things get my goat: why is it metres? We have kept away from the euro currency so why not keep our good old British feet and inches. Second: how do they end up with the odd 86p?. Other listings have odd pence figures, for example 38,74,91.

NB Valerie is 58 feet or in foreign terms 17.67 meters. So a winter mooring here would be £6.86 x 17.67 = £121.21($181) per month. Those who do not know this location might be asking "what do you get?" You get what you see in my picture. The nearest services are 1.5 miles. Three miles round trip walk if you get frozen in for a while and need water/diesel/elsan.
Braunston has all the services  in close proximity but the price would be £189.77($284).

We prefer to keep cruising and keep a close watch on the weather. If the canal ices over, we would cruise to the closest  services in case the ice thickens.
Staying in one place for months at a time would drive me crazy but of course each to their own.

Here we are back at the Newbold Tunnel site and even though a lot has been taken in the last 12 days i still found plenty to cut. Now to find a quiet spot with as little mud as possible so I can split and get under cover all that has been gathered lately.


Sue said...

Gosh you are working hard! At least you will both be nice and warm this Christmas!

And a very happy Christmas to you both and New Year of course.

I think I better make my New Year's resolution "To meet up with NB Valerie" or it is never going to happen!


Mrs. Jaqueline Biggs said...

Yes we are stocked up with wood, coal. a full tank of diesel, a full tank of water and a full larder. I am baking and Les is installing two small fans to move the heated air through the boat! We are warm, dry, safe, and happy and with the same fro you, Vic and the girls. We love your New Year's Resolution and hope it does indeed happen!
Love Jaq and Les

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs