|You can read all about the Black Swan here I took a few more photos which I will post at a later date but with the rain turning ever heavier I thought it better to put the camera away.|
After drying ourselves off, we battened down the hatches to await better weather. By lunch time the rain appeared to be easing and once again we pulled pins. The initial idea of moving to Cassiobury park seemed a good plan. We could then carry on to Abbots Langley on Sunday to where I knew I could get bait at The World of Water Pond and aquatic center. ( well I could three years ago according to my notes in Nicholsons ). So having missed our chance by a couple of minutes of having a lock with us, 2 boats having come round the bend just as we untied the ropes, we hung back until it was our turn. We managed to tag onto Nb Long John which had left Tesco mooring and together we made our way up the next 4 locks. By now the rain had started again worse then ever and we resigned ourselves to a soggy trip. Between Lot Mead Lock and Common Moor lock the 3/4 mile pound was very low, by at least eighteen inches and we scraped bottom almost all the way. Getting onto the lock landing was interesting. As lead boat I pulled up as far as I could toward the lock, but still had problems getting into the side. Ian had to leap off to set the lock and discovered a boat already in the lock coming down. The force of water with both paddles raised pushed me against the edge and once the other boat had exited, I realised that I was stuck. With help from Ian I managed to get free and into the lock but Nb Long John also had the same problem. Took quite a while for him to free himself and eventually join me.
|Using the pole. Ian walked back to lend a hand but he managed to get free himself. You can just see how low the water level was.|
|What do you mean this isn't the car ferry!|
|Approaching Casio Bridge Lock|
|We moored just beyond the foot bridge.|
|Caught on maggot.|
|An Egyptian Gosling with parents|