|Jade was a little anxious that the boat was on the move and no owners in sight!|
|Releasing the pair by the bottom lock|
|Terry and Chris|
It took us a couple of hours to reach the top lock at Hillmorton. There were parts of the Oxford where going at cruising speed ( about 3 mph ) just couldn't happen. The opposite banks had been so eroded away that the silt was causing the bottom to be to near the top! Creating a wash is a 'no no' in my book.It just makes everything worse. I feel sorry for the land owners who's banks are being swept away by inconsiderate boaters. We arrived at the flight and found that all the right hand locks at Hillmorton are still under repairs and it gave me a unique opportunity to see the state of culverts.
|Not often you see them like this.|
|These were stuck to the gates. Says it all!|
At the bottom we started to look for a mooring. We hadn't realised that the mooring past the water tap had no rings or piled edges and Ian really doesn't like putting in pins. (It's all about those boaters who tear past and pull the pins out that he doesn't like!! ) We continued and found just what we were looking for. We hadn't been moored long when who should come round the corner, Doug and James on Nb Chance. They were going up the flight this afternoon but as we told them there were limited moorings at the top, they decided to moor with us. Last time we saw Doug and James it was also at Hillmorton and we just a fleeting greeting as we went past, so to be able to get to know them better is a bonus.
|Ian, Doug and James. Derwent6 coming up behind|
Then another fellow blogger came past. Del and Al on Nb Derwent6. We have yet to do the meet and greet but we had a cheery wave and smile from them both as they sailed past.