PENTARGON .. SPRINGER

An unassuming narrowboat perusing the
"Longest Friendliest Village in England".

DAY BY DAY

BLOG AND BLATHER

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Polesworth lie-over

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 25, 2017 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Tue 24th April 2017. Belhus library 10.09am. blog times are US east coast time (6hrs before BST)

Over the weekend at Polesworth the whole bilge got cleaned out and the stern gland checked as the boat may be here some time. The forecast for the week is pure cat with arctic air pulling snow, hail and showers down across England. The Midlands is likely to get it and Polesworth is in the Midlands. 

I got some old whit spanners in a second hand shop in Tamworth for doing up the st...

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Atherstone lie-over

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 19, 2017 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Atherstone has to be my favourite village so far in as much of middle England as I have covered. 

Tell me about it.

Real ale at The Angel,

real motor factors at Autoquip,

real breakfast at Café Resta,

real hardware store in Long Street, 

real trains and buses by the mooring

I haven't even STARTED

and I'm certainly not finished

...... to be continued ......

I had limped into Atherstone a week ago with a broken throt...

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What is a "macerator"

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 19, 2017 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

OED: 'macerate'  (especially with reference to food) "soften or become soft by soaking in a liquid".

L.'macerere'.

8.15am Wed.19th Bridge 43a Coventry canal. A good night's sleep having been enjoyed and the sun shining in a blue sky, I've made coffee and had two boiled eggs with toast when next door's engine starts. It's a 60' floating corridor with a lovely couple on their second day's hiring. They tied up 'longside last night and we had chatted. They had rightly backed off...

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Nuneaton to Atherstone in the wind

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 19, 2017 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This is the day the throttle cable finally breaks and the last three miles are completed with the aid of an elastic band. Including the first five locks of the Atherstone flight. In a howling wind. 

I earned this experience.

I REALLY earned this experience.

The throttle control has never been 'smooth and right' on Pentargon.

It's the original from 1973 using a "piano wire " inner and is 2.5m long.

I rarely if ever use revs so it has not been slid along i...

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Hawksbury to Nuneaton

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 19, 2017 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The Coventry canal is everything the Oxford isn't and the moment you hit the last lock (all 12" of it) the evidence is clear,

Buckby to Barby to Rugby

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 8, 2017 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Arrived back on board at 2pm on Thurs and picked up a hitch-hiker to Norton Junction who was going up the Leics. so I waved goodbye and went into Braunston tunnel at 1600hrs and picked up another hiker down the Braunston flight. Passed Gongoozlers at 6.30pm and carried on eventually to tie up to a Barby tree. Away at first light, picking up water at the bottom of Hillmorton and on to the No.4 bus-stop at Brownslow. A couple of days spent usefully before the next massive jump to Hawksbury Junc...

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Soulbury to Buzzard via Fenny

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 8, 2017 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Arrived at Fenny after dark and went through before light. MAD. MAD. MAD. stopover at Bradwell and then sling through Marsworth and on to LB.

Linwood through Fenny

Posted by PentargonSpringer on March 29, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Wed29th March via Crayford Cannon Street and Berko library

Linwood nursing home after a night at three locks

Posted by PentargonSpringer on March 29, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Linwood nursing home after a night at three locks

Marsworth top to LB

Posted by PentargonSpringer on March 29, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

with a stop over that needs the GPS to verify


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