This morning, as I was washing up the breakfast pots, I happened to look out of the galley window and saw a familiar boat sailing past. It was Jandai. Many of you will remember reading about Dai's death and Janice's heartache at selling Jandai. We spoke to the new owners and they told us they are thrilled with the boat. So Janice, if you are reading this, Jandai still looks wonderful and the new owners said they will lovingly look after her as you and Dai did.
Having left Blisworth shotly after 9am, the first port of call was Gayton services. I dont remember the water tap filling the tank as slow as it did but maybe, having installed a new tap, the water pressure had dropped.
|One of the new taps with new BW lock|
Finally, after 45minutes, we were ready to tackle the Rothersthorp flight. Every lock was against us and it took an age to get down the flight. Didnt help that one has to walk round every lock to close both bottom gates. There being no way of jumping across and saving the legs! Roughly 5 hours and 15 minutes later, 6 mile and 17 single locks, we arrived in Northampton. What we hadn't realised was that we had to descend onto the river Nene to moor up. No where along the Northampton arm was suitable to stop, folaige being the main problem. So without an environment agency valid licence for the Nene we are now holding our breath that they don't come a knocking at our door!
|Looking down the flight.|
|Wire figures at lock 10. Similar to those at Stoke Bruerne.|
|No end of floating reeds along the last stretch|
|Very rural and extremely narrow in places. Not enough boats to keep the channel clear.|
|Last lock before entering the river.|
|Morrison moorings on the left through the bridge arch.|