I do love this section of the GU and even though our moorings last night was a tad noisy, with the M25 in the distance and the cows and calf's calling to each other throughout the evening, we still slept well and was away a little after 9am. After ascending North Grove Lock Ian went below to make a cup of tea
|Strange colouring on the Bull|
|What a shock. Thought the dinosaurs had returned!.|
|Running water down through the open lock gates|
|This was leakage at Nash Mills lock. The leakage at Red Lion lock which helped drain the pound, was even more dramatic.|
Only one thing for it and that was to open paddles on the next lock to bring the levels up again. I kept to the middle not daring to attempt to get to the lock landing and Ian and one of the crew from the Beatrix walked on to flush more water in the pound. Eventually the pound filled, Beatrix was refloated, and we all proceeded on our way. We then stopping by Sainsbury mooring and the coal and diesel boat Hyperion passed us again. He had been our locking buddy a few days ago and he was still busy serving customers along the route. It's good to see these boats being used on the system. The facilities above Aspley lock was manic. We were lucky as a boat had just left and we managed to squeeze in but with a boat watering up and having to do so on the lock landing, the arrival of yours truly, another coming towards us and pulling alongside and yet a forth having to pull alongside the boat on the landing ( which effectively blocked the lock ) you can see what I mean. Thankfully the first boat left and the landing was cleared allowing the breasted boat to wait his turn for water. At least it freed up the lock approach. Having filled both water tanks and leaving the bedlam behind we made our way up the Aspley flight and have now moored above Boxmore lock by a park with convenient river for Jade to have her dip.
|Bit muddy as this part of the river was well used by the herd of bullocks in the field. Jade didn't care though but she was a bit smelly when she came out.|