We had an easy run down to Boston, stopping at Washingborough (Friday night), and Kirkstead Bridge (Saturday lunch). See earlier postings for more photographs of the Witham.
Peter joined us by taxi from Sleaford, though he was a little late as he had caught the 1135 stopping train from Kings Cross to Peterborough, rather than the 1135 from Kings Cross to Leeds, first stop Peterborough.
We spent Saturday night at Dogdyke, and Sunday and Monday in Boston.
On Sunday, at Anton’s Gowt we met up with COMPASS ROSE and OLLY OAKS – we planned to cross the Wash together on Tuesday – before exploring some of the Witham navigable drains.
On Monday we went by bus to the Battle of Britain memorial flight at RAF Coningsby (near Dogdyke) and also up Boston Stump, before completing victualling and other preparations for the Wash.
Captions are above the photographs to which they refer
Jane walked from Washingborough to Bardney, along the cycle path. Some sculptures
Rescuing a boat with an overheated engine (weed/mud in the cooling circuit?), towing them back to the marina at Dogdyke.
Of course this required the deployment of the heaving line…
The River Bain – part of the navigation up to Horncastle (now derelict)
Some AWACS at RAF Coningsby
Anton’s Gowt – entrance to the drains.
For the record of our trip down the drains, see here.
On Monday, we caught the No 5 bus (every hour on the hour) to Coninsgby to visit the excellent Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – you get a well-informed tour around the hangar where these planes are maintained.
A vintage V12 Rolls Royce Merlin – later versions were nearly a hundred times more powerful than my four cylinder diesel. Our guide said they needed a complete rebuild every 400 hours – all I do is change the fan belt and the fuel filter…
Spitfire Mark 9 MK356
Lancaster PA474 – expected to be airworthy again very soon
Then back to Boston Stump, and a quick climb up the Tower – or rather about two thirds of the way up.
So tomorrow we should be off across the Wash.