Last night sunset. Not as spectacular as some I have seen but the different shades of red and gold made it worthy of a photo.
Ian got it wrong! Convinced it was 7.45am he got up and put kettle on. Then he went outside to put the solar panels up. Discovered that the boat wasn't rocking as he got off, hmmm, we were listing slightly. Surely not. It's a river for goodness sake. How can you be aground on a mooring on a river? Seems the river had dropped slightly overnight and we were stuck on a build up of mud. Big push and she slid off.but FS was now at least 4feet from the bank. He managed to get back on, came inside and took another look at the galley clock. What!!! How can it only be 6.45am! Yep, our bedroom clock had stopped and proper time was now 6.55am. May as well get up and get going so by 7.30am we sidled out through the open flood lock, did the short downstream section of river and turned right into the Huddersfield Broad canal, the end of cruising the rivers for now.
|Huddersfield broad canal on the right under the bridge.|
Seemed to take a long time for Ian to empty the lock. When I did eventually bring FS in he told me of a problem he had. Both top gates were open. They needed closing, but the only way to get from one side to the other was do a balancing act over the bottom gate. No walkway plank on these gates but thank goodness the hand rail was there. Could have had a dodgy moment trying to balance if it wasn't. In this case it just goes to show the importance of closing all gates when leaving a lock!
|Good job he is sure footed! Only way across was along the top.|
|Turnbridge locomotive lift bridge|
|Road bridge being raised. Visitor moorings (72 hours) are on the left. Residential on the right by Sainsburys.|
|Into a space and now to shop!|
|Plenty of Azolla weed in all the locks. Marooned in the middle, a Drake.|
The Huddersfield Broad canal was once called
|Weird jumping bug on the Azolla weed. Not the weevil that was released to help control it.|
|Bug on the Azolla weed|
|Not a brilliant photo but this is the first Kingfisher I have seen for over a month.|