What a day to travel down to Sandiacre.. It was cold.......really cold with rain sleet and then snow falling but we had no choice other then leave today. No good for us to leave tomorrow as Ian is set to see the Consultant in the afternoon and Friday is the day most boats start arriving for the Pie and Pea weekend. For us to get the mooring next to our bungalow and be able to get Jade on and off the boat, we had to be there first. By the time all the other boat start arriving tomorrow, we will be well and truly wedged in on the Derby Arm. So on went the Thermals and with Ian lock wheeling with the car and me at the helm of our boat we started the descent down the canal.
|Couldn't have chosen a worse time to travel down.|
All went well until we reached Potters lock. First thing we noticed in the distance was a huge crane barge with another barge at its side, and beside the lock itself was a mountain of scaffolding being loaded onto a lorry. Ian arrived by car a few minutes before I did and walked down below lock to see what was happening. After informing the men that we were waiting in the lock and after a delay of about 10 minutes, they obligingly pulled one of there butties out of the way. Apparently one of the barges was out of balance after loading and before they could leave for Trent Lock, had to adjust the load.
|Waiting in Potters Lock|
The rain sleet and snow was still ever present and I just had to resort to my trusty brolly. Ian calls me a fair weather boater when he sees the brolly out but I was beginning to feel wet and chilled so I ignored all his snide comments and carried on regardless.
|Looking decidedly wet, cold and miserable.|
After stopping for lunch in Greens lock ( Not something we do normally but the chance of another boat coming was very slim ) the weather improved and we even glimpsed a bit of sun. Ian went on ahead again with the car and eventually I reached Gallows Inn Lock. Now this lock is right on a nasty bend so the entry when descending and the exiting when ascending is extremely challenging. I was very surprised to see another of C&RT's butties moored on the lock landing at this very difficult lock. Seems they still feel its one rule for them and another for us!!
|The approach to Gallows Inn Lock|