Thankfully Martina was okay and we had two Police ladies call on every boat explaining that from now on their would be a patrol on 24/7. We were given phone numbers just in case and I must say all of us felt much better at the prospect of going out that night knowing the boats would be looked after.
So now for the talk by Mike Clarke. There was more to the L&L then we thought. The history was fascinating and too much to put down here so Wikipedia has an extensive history if you fancy a good read. The talk lasted a couple of hours with questions being fired at the end. Only downside (and that was for Ian only) was the beer. No cask ales and only Worthington and mild on tap. But my glass of wine was very nice, thank you.
Today we received our boaters packs and decorated the boat.
After lunch walked down to the docks. Weather not so good today, rain overnight and very overcast. Humid it is though, which makes for uncomfortable living in the boat. Mind you, it was the second attempt to walk down to the docks as no sooner had we arrived at the locks, watched a hotel boat entering the first lock, when the heavens opened! Soaked through by the time we got back to FS and made it in time before the thunderstorm hit! So after an hour, when the rain did finally stop, we tried again.
|Thunderstorm heading off on the horizon|
|This is looking back at the short tunnel after the locks.|
|Through the bridge towards the clock tower|
|At the clock tower turn L|
|Keep the red bouys to your left. Highest bit of the bridge.|
|Make sure you head for the highest point. Bouy to the left entering the dock|
|Down these locks (only a short drop) and through the tunnel.|
|And into the dock. Our pontoon S2 (Wednesday) is where the cream and blue boat is. Hotel boat moored on the right.|
And arriving on our boat today,