For weeks I have been seeking, looked at umpteen different shops and superstores, had almost giving up hope, searched on line and took heed of comments in an earlier post (Thank you Caroline and Martin for pointing me in the right direction) What was it???? Why a round washing up bowl that's what! Our destination then for today was to find The Range at Whitebirk.
From leaving the mooring between bridge 83-84 to arriving at Whitebirk took about 5 hours. We did have Blackburn flight of 6 locks to do and this time no other boat to join us. We met two boats descending so most of the locks were in our favour but it still took 90 minutes to complete. These are short locks (60ft) and our 57ft made the usual lock operation a pain. Got thrown about even with Ian lifting the ground paddle boat side first (this normally holds the boat onto the side). All Ian could do was bring me up slowly. Why not rope up I hear you ask. Well, with centre rope around a bollard and back to me at the stern, it does nothing to stop the bow from taking off it it wants too and I hate the idea of Ian tying FS to a bollard in case for some inexplicable reason he either forgets he has secured the boat or something untoward happens like he falls in!
|Loads of water in the pound above|
|Began to overflow the coping stones.|
|Different gate operation. Need to wind the handle to open the gate.|
|Ian on his way back having discovered he was at the wrong bridge.|
|No chance in getting into the side.|
Carrying on to find a mooring for the night we found what we were looking for before bridge 106. Thought we would try to make Barrowford tomorrow. 4 swing bridges and 21 miles. Might be an start for us again.
|Super rural mooring.|
And seen on route,
|Old telephone box|
|What an odd bunch|
|Swan Geese with two chicks Wonder where they escaped from.|
|All alone on the bywash|
|Not been able to identify this moth.|