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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Iced in

We made the decision with Jacquie and Stein to move on from Blisworth. Both our boats were ice free and we had only to go through about a hundred yards of slushy wafer thin ice before being back in ice free water.

Exiting Blisworth tunnel this Ice sculpture hung in the tunnel mouth. The light in the tunnel is `Like Ducks 2 Water` following us through. It`s usually wet in the tunnel with water pouring from the roof but this was the wettest journey and i got very wet.

Having poured boiling water over the water tap we managed to fill our tank and decided to stay above the locks. I reversed back and moored in front of Jacquie and Stein. The pound below the top lock,pic above, was
a mixture of clear water and ice. Having walked down through the seven locks seeing more ice than water I now declare us frozen in.
Just hoping now for a thaw as my feet start to itch as soon as my freedom to roam is restricted.


Anonymous said...

Cool is right! Joe was able (proudly) to explain to me what a pound is :) Stay warm!


Bryce Lee in Canada said...

What form of insulation is on Valerie? Or on any narrowboat intended as a dwelling? I know Jaq is well aware of insultation in homes, given where she is from. Would think the cold in the UK, on water is especially chilling. Was thinking of NB Garnet with the owners now on shore for the winter;
good insulation also protects one from ghastly hot summer days as well.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Sally
So glad the magazines traveling across the pond are doing some good.
Perhaps Joe might decide to build his own little canal out back although the slope might mean a few locks.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Bryce
The boat is insulated by a thick coating of foam sprayed on the inside of the metal shell. This is then covered by wood veneered ply so it looks neat.
Garnet is young yet so I don`t blame them for using a marina so soon after starting life afloat.

Jo Lodge said...

Stunning photographs as always. Say "Hello to Jacquie and Stein for us. Hugssssss xxxxxxxxx

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs