Last nights sunset, very encouraging for the day to come.
Gosh that sun had some warmth in it. We woke to the sound of FS's hull banging and creaking expanding in the heat. Tea in bed before we got up to do a very important job. Give the starboard side of FS a good wash. We had been targeted by the local bird population and poo splatter seemed to be everywhere. So armed with bucket and sponge I went to open the back hatch. Couldn't understand why it wouldn't open. We have a hasp type lock which is opened with a key but the hasp wouldn't release. I called for Ian who also tried prying it open. No chance as it was well and truly jammed in place. Hmmm, How to get out! We deduced that it had to be the heat in the steel expanding which held the hasp in a vice like grip and it was only by Ian going into his man cupboard to find a suitable tool to prise it open that we got out. Took a good few minutes though. Never has this happened before. We have had the door stick in the heat but a good push had always freed it. Now the summer has finally arrived we will see if it happens again.
|The boat winding while we waited to turn right onto Rufford Arm|
|Taking on water. No elsan or rubbish here|
|Lock 4 and could this be the shortest lock landing on the canals?|
|This was left by the owner over the winter and then sunk by vandals. C&RT have been unable to find the owner and their hands are tied as they cant remove it without the owners permission. Ludicrous!!!! (Told to me by one of the volunteers)|
And the wildlife seen today