At the moment we are having a day off from cruising due to the horrible weather forecast. It is raining, cold and windy. However not all bad as we are sitting in front of a small but cosy fire and have just eaten a good lunch of home made soup made chicken soup made from leftover roast chicken.
Today's weather is in contrast to the glorious day we had yesterday, which should have been a shorts day if I had bothered to change. Yesterday was a good day which included a late breakfast in the Swan hotel, the Wetherspoon's in Leighton Buzzard. A fairly long day though with several locks, all doubles so mainly heavy paddles and big heavy gates. Some are very picturesque though.
|Soulbury Locks showing the Three Locks pub, handily placed lockside|
|Jeanie Deans in Soulberry middle lock|
|Church Lock with what used to be Buckinghamshire's smallest Chapel (now a private house) adjacent|
Due to the forecast we had a longer day yesterday than originally planned and found a good mooring with a pleasant view over the Dunstable Downs where we are staying for today.
|View from the mooring|
|At different perspective of today's view|
|Suprisingly quiet mooring at Wolverton|
However a matter of two miles to the north of Wolverton in the pretty rural village of Cosgrove the idyllic looking moorings are busy with boats and lots of towpath traffic.
|Aquaduct taking the Grand Union Canal over the River Great Ouse at Cosgrove|
|View from the aquaduct, where we took the dogs for a lovely walk|
|Another view from the aquaduct|
|Wide beam boats are commonplace on the Grand Union|
|The suprisingly rural aspect of the canal through Milton Keynes|
|This moored boat looked more suited to the seaside than Milton Keynes|
|Passing through Milton Keynes|
As ever it is good to spot all the wildlife and too see all the various waterfowl chicks!
The dogs are of course continuing to enjoy life afloat.
|Truly adopting her favourite position.|
|Jake being Jake!|
Weather permitting tomorrow we will continue and head down the Aylesbury Arm to spend the weekend in Aylesbury.