Once underway it wasn't long before we reached Hillmorton Locks. Two of the pair were in our favour but the third pair were against. At the middle lock a note had been pinned to the beam. Tells what the inscriptions on the lock beams are all about.
The 7 mile run into Braunston was a doddle. We had these cloud formations showing us the way but I have no idea what they mean. I'm hoping they are fair weather clouds but no doubt someone will put me right.
When we passed this boat, the first thing I noticed (apart from the smoke) was the size of his chimney. Seems a bit OTT for a narrow boat!
So glad we were heading toward Braunston as I counted well over 25 boats all going towards Hillmorten. Cant begin to imagine the queues at the locks even though they are doubled up. With low pounds between the locks the water situation can only get worse.
We had high hopes that with so many boats coming away from Braunston the place would be empty. No such luck and makes one wonder where thy had all come from. One space was available opposite the facilities so we stopped to empty the loo, (very necessary) and hoped that no boat would take the space. Gosh we were lucky as no sooner had we pushed FS across the canal then a boat appeared out of the junction. As he came past he said he had earmarked the space for himself. First come first served I always say but he wasn't best pleased!
|Always know when we are close to Braunston when the church comes into view.|
|Only space available and we got it first.|
While I was fishing Historic boat Monarch sailed past.
So the Braunston flight is next for us tomorrow. We want to get away by 8am and I'm hoping another boater will have the same idea. Really would like to pair up going up this flight. Fingers crossed someone is awake early
And the usual wildlife.
|What a great rope dog. Big fan of that.|
|Two family's of Swans. One family making a hasty retreat.|