|The willow tree branches was overhanging the turning point. Junction on the left.|
|Heading for the wall!!!|
The locks on this arm was very slow to fill and all but one was empty and had to be filled. In the middle pound I watched the bottom getting rather near to the top as water rapidly disappeared to fill that lock. Keeping in the middle was the only option as trying to get on the lock landing was impossible.
|View of the Gerkin from Hertford Canal. It is really 30 St Mary Axe, widely known as The Gerkin and situated on the former site of The Baltic Exchange. At 180 metres tall, it is the second tallest building in the City of London|
|Graffiti by Hertford bottom lock|
|This is why it was full|
|Loose boat only held on by the front rope.|
The first few locks on the river have either manual locks on one side and automated on the other. At the first lock, Tottenham lock, we paired up with Nb Sunflower and all went reasonably well. Buttons were pushed and the hydraulics responded. Not so on the next lock, Stonebridge lock. Sunflower went in first, roped up and waited for me to arrive. Ian got off to take the rope and that's when things went a bit pear shaped. The lady on nb Sunflower pressed the buttons to close the gates and then tried to open the paddles on the top gates. A lot of whirling noise but nothing happened. Ian went round to see if he could help and noticed the bottom gate paddle on the east side still up. So they tried to close it by pushing the button. Nothing! they then opened the gates, closed them again and tried again. Nothing. A phone call to C&RT to report the situation and all that was left for us do was reverse out and enter the west lock which was manual. Boy are these manual locks hard work. Ian and the lady struggled with the gates that have to be shut using the windlass. A lever then has to be pulled out so the paddles can be opened, again winding it with the windlass. Ian was utterly exhausted by the time he had got us up. Then Sunflower disappeared onto the facilities leaving Ian to wind down the paddles and then wind again to close the gate. By now he was on his last legs and we did no more then find a secluded spot so Ian could recover. We have decided to have a BBQ tonight as the weather is still good and the walks round her are excellent. Fishing's not bad either!
|Paddle not closed properly|
|The gentleman on Sunflower phoning C&RT|
|Now in the west side manual lock|
|Ian closing one gate and having to walk round to do the other. Poor lad should have had 3 Weetabix for breakfast!|
|I did feel so sorry for this Heron. Wonder how he damaged his wing.|
|Looks soooo dejected.|