Why on earth did we need to get up early. The sun was streaming through the curtains, it was 6am so why get up and leave now? Yesterdays weather forecast that's why, but the forecasters usually get it wrong, don't they? We were not prepared to find out 'cos torrential downpours with thunder in the mix was on the cards for after lunch. So we crept past those still sleeping on their boats, pulled onto the facilities, connected the hose and started filling with water all before we had our first cup of tea.
|Lovely morning so surely no rain today!|
We managed to have breakfast whilst filling and once the tanks were full, set off for Crooke.
The morning became overcast but no rain fell, so reaching the two old Appley Locks (Deep Lock replaced them) we went for a walk. Trekked through high grass, nettles, briar and Japanese Knot Weed and felt at times that we needed a machete in some parts to hack our way through, but we managed and took these photos.
|Just some of what we went through|
|Appley bottom lock|
|Top gates of the bottom lock|
|More trekking to lock 2|
|Appley top lock|
|FS almost hidden|
|Not sure why this wasn't used any more. Seemed okay other then a bit neglected. Dean lock to the upper right|
Emerging from a hole in a barn this morning, Sparrow fledgling?