Day 18 Sawe Common – Coventry Basin
Today we are going to visit Coventry.
We were moored last night on The Oxford Canal at Sawe Common, a very pleasant spot about an hour south of Hawkesbury Junction. I really enjoyed my early morning walk with him and had a game of chase with a very young member of the Spaniel tribe.
After a short cruise we joined the Coventry Canal at Hawkesbury Junction and turned left to travel the short arm to visit the City. It was immediately apparent why this arm is not used so much. Three times my bearded one had to stop and remove various bits of detritus from the propeller. The last time, an almost complete Sari (nobody in it). Progress was slow. Shopping trollies were common place but by no means the only semi submerged hazards. The canal banks were equally full of litter. In general very sadly not a good advertisement for the inland Waterways, not to mention the human race and not a section on which I cared to carefully pick my way. We arrived in time for lunch and were pleasantly surprised by the relative cleanliness and neatness of Coventry Basin. There were pleasant and safe moorings available. This was just as well because we had a slight electrical issue on the way this morning. We snapped our generator belt and were therefore not charging our batteries. We called out the rescue people. RCR. We had an hour or so wait for the engineer and so we went to see the Cathedral. (See photo) . This is a bit of the old one and a bit of the new which doesn’t photograph so well. Interesting as it is. I was not allowed inside anyway and it would have cost 6 tins of Chappie each for them to go so they decided not to. Dillon arrived at 16:30 and deftly solved our problem. He found a belt the right size in his box of goodies and fitted it. Everything was now fine with my long kennel. We decided to stay here for the night and decide in the morning if more exploring was required. Love Douglas xx
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