New Holding Tank

Narrowboat toilets fall into two main types – pumpout and cassette. With a pumpout type the output from the toilet goes into a large tank onboard,  known as a holding tank. It’s stored there until you visit services at e.g. a marina where it’s connected to a pumpout machine which transfers the contents of the

Fenny Compton

Our guests arrived yesterday and we had a pleasant evening on board eating, drinking and nattering. The decision was made for another early start because of the forecast hot weather, and we we away by 6:20. Progress was slow as far as Napton junction as we were following two hire boats, but we lost them


Yet another  early start, this  time 6:30.  As we approached the bottom lock of the Buckby flight we could see a couple on a boat about to set off. We shared all tne locks in the flight with them. It was quiet at first, but we met several descending boats towards tne top. As we

Weedon Bec

Another early start, though it was just after 6:30 this time. The sky was overcast and it was a bit chilly, but we expected it to warm up later. After a couple of hours we reached the bottom of the Stoke Bruerne flight. Rather oddly some of them were empty and some full, but we


15 miles, 3 locks. Another early start because of the hot weather. We knew that we wouldn’t need to do many locks today, but we wanted to get a few miles ‘under our belt’. The second lock of the day was unusual for two reasons. It only has a rise of 1 foot and 1

Stoke Hammond

Both us and the Uncle Mort team wanted an early start because of the forecast hot weather to come. So last night we agreed on 6:00am. Just before six Andrew was about and moving fenders etc. We said our goodbyes and they chugged off. We pulled over to the water point to top up. It

Marsworth via Aylesbury

For the last few days we have been meeting up with boating friends old and new in Aylesbury. On Friday we started down the Aylesbury arm and at Wilstone we picked up Simon and Karen who had driven up from home in Gloucestershire. They helped crew us and Uncle Mort down the flight along with

Marsworth flight

4 miles 7 locks The plan for today was to go down the Wendover arm and spend the night there prior to doing Marsworth and Aylesbury in the morning. However some inconsiderate #$*$#*#* left a paddle up all night, so the Tring summit was very low in water. We met a C&RT guy who said


5 miles and 13 locks today. A day of mostly locks as we have only move five miles up the canal. A stop for lunch and a food shopping trip in Berkhampstead caused a bit of confusion. Our two boats were coming up and two others coming down, we were all aiming for the same