Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Weed plough anyone?

Tomorrow we take Herbie for the short cruise to Bulls Bridge where we will hand over to Claire and family who are taking the boat to London for the weekend. So if you are crashed into by Herbie on Saturday, don't blame me!

To be frank, the canal between Cowley Peachey and Bulls Bridge is unspectacular. The best we can hope for is to see some interesting boats and to smell the coffee roasting at the Nescafe factory. Although there is one spectacular sight come the think of it. A new block of (I think) flats being built near Bulls Bridge. Its huge. I've never seen so much scaffolding and safety netting in my life. Also they have quite a number of temporary lifts running up the outside to lift men and machines and materials up to the higher floors. They should stop now and keep it like it is. Far more interesting than the finished building I expect.

I'm not looking forward to the trip down to the winding hole to turn the boat first. No doubt the blanket weed is still there waiting for the propellor to wrap it up. We are developing techniques to deal with it but they aren't that effective. We really need a weed plough on the front of the boat.

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