Narrowboat Tacet

Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Thursday 31 March 2011

Rothersthorpe Locks

Day 3 of our journey.

We started the day with a trip into Weedon village to the shops and a look around. Love the stone houses, thatched roofs. 
Old shop front with stained glass advertising

Loved the name - Twinings Cottage

The church is a pretty sandstone and we stopped to listen to organ practice on our way back to the boat. 

We popped in to see Les on NB Valerie as he was moored opposite us. Thanks for the tea and chat, Les. It was good to meet up with you.

We got underway at mid-day and arrived at the top of Rothersthorpe Locks on the Northampton Arm at 3pm.

It was rather windy at the top but sunny. The 17 locks down to Northampton kept us busy for the afternoon and we moored above Becket's Lock at 7 pm.

Ian and Karen

Wednesday 30 March 2011

Bells and Batteries

I am writing this blog listening to the bells at Weedon. They are lovely, must be practice night tonight.

Tacet coming through Candle Bridge, Blisworth

Explanation of why Candle Bridge is so named.

We had ordered some new batteries from Whilton Marine Chandlers, so this morning we headed off to the bottom of Whilton Locks.  Ian got a bit wet steering. Karen was dry inside unpacking boxes. We have managed to get almost everything away. 

Arrived at Whilton about 2pm so after some lunch we picked up the batteries and fitted them. Altogether this took about 2 hours as a few alterations had to be made to fit them in.

The sun came out, so we had a pleasant evening cruise back down to Weedon where we moored opposite the church for the night. 

Some of our lovely gifts in their new home on our boat.

Ian and Karen

Tuesday 29 March 2011

Home is where our boat is.....

 This morning we left our Sussex home after a busy 2 weeks packing and storing its contents. It’s been hard work, tiring both physically and emotionally. Thank you for those who have helped with cleaning and meals.

We had a good journey with Mum and Dad, arriving on board Tacet soon after midday. It didn’t take long to unpack the car, there are already some boxes on board which Ian brought up last Friday. I’m not sure if we can fit everything in!

After lunch together, Mum and Dad left to travel back home returning with the suitcases and some empty boxes. Oops I think you took Jumble’s bed back too!
Will we ever get all those clothes in! I am sure Ian doesn’t need so many!!

Had fun unpacking some of the cards and presents from so many kind friends and family and taking photos of them in their new home. Will upload those later. Thank you for all your good wishes, kind thoughts and prayers, we are blessed to have so many good friends.

Ian and Karen

Sorry some mistakes, things happen on this laptop I'd not intended! Karen

Thursday 10 March 2011

So-long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehn, Goodbye.

This has been my last week working at school. so lots of good-byes to say and thank-yous to
share. After 15 years its not easy saying good bye to so many friends, colleagues and children.  Often emotional and a little sad but still looking forward to living on Tacet. Thank you everyone for all your kind words and messages.
Flowers from the children

Watercolour  from colleagues.

Ian had a treat today. A friend took him for a drive in his 1930's 3-wheeler Morgan.
Alan had just got it back on the road again.

 What good friends we have.

Ian and Karen