We missed another boat going up the last two locks of the Bruerne flight this morning by a whisker. By the time we had made ready and untied, the boat was in the lock with paddles raised. Took our time after that, no point in rushing so because of the delay we got to meet a very nice volunteer lockie lady at the top. Wish I got her name 'cause she was cheery enough to brighten anyone's day. She wont be on the Bruerne flight for much longer with the number of boats dying down, but she hopes to be volunteering on the Foxton flight so look out for her, she a real breath of fresh air.
|New sign by the side ponds at Stoke Bruerne|
|Only water coming through the new section was from the side shafts|
|not so from the older part plenty of water coming through the roof|
|Only one air vent was peeing water though|
|this one nice and dry.|
|North portal exit|
Our plan was to more below Buckby flight and go up in the morning. Again this all changed because of the noise! The motorway ran along the side of the canal here and with a constant stream of traffic, and with the wind blowing the sound toward Buckby, no way could we have got any sleep had we stayed. With a boat coming down the flight I pulled onto the landing. Ian got off with the center rope and there our troubles began. With both paddles raised the force of water took FS's bow round toward the opposite bank. I jumped off to help hold the rope but the rope kept slipping through our fingers. Meanwhile the two gentlemen who had raised the paddles stood watching our plight. We had hoped they might have dropped the paddles to stop the water flow but I dont suppose they gave it a thought. Only when the water had subsided did we manage to bring FS back under control. Think we may have to be quicker in getting the center rope round a bollard in future especially when bottom paddles are raised. Still the only harm done is a lovely blister appearing on my finger.
What I did see when waiting for the second lock in the flight was this plane. I heard it before I saw it and wish I had got a better picture as Ian said it may have been a Vulcan Bomber. Only one I have ever seen was at Duxford Air museum and that was in the hanger.
Nearly missed seeing this. Ian saw it first and I'm pretty sure it was on another bloggers post but I cant remember who's! Anyway well done whoever put it there. It certainly makes one smile.
Wildlife On route. Not much today although I did miss a pheasant in flight.