Not so good was finding all these the seeds covering FS's roof! That will teach us to moor under a tree!
Nb Zulu was also an early bird, leaving his mooring at the top of Birstall lock and, even though it took an age for us to get through that lock, we managed to catch him at Belgrave Lock.
|National Space station on the right.|
I have to say how pleasantly surprised we both were travelling through Leicester. In the past it was a city to get through as quickly as possible, not just because of the youths and drunkards hanging around the locks but because the river was full of rubbish with many derelict buildings along the way. Now it seems the city has been given a new lease of life with hardly any rubbish and plenty of regeneration. There is even secure new pontoon moorings at Friars Mill just before Castle gardens (upstream) We saw no sign of youths or drunkards even though it was a Saturday so I take back what I said yesterday. From now on Leicester is on our mooring places list.
Finally we made it to the 'straight mile'. Full of boats attending the Waterways festival and it was here we left our locking companion on Nb Zulu. Apparently the cost of mooring was £10 a night but that included a night watchman to keep the boaters safe.
|Approaching Freemans lock|
|Leicester City 'Foxes' Football Club|
But we did have some dramas on the way to Kilby bridge. At Saint Marys Mill lock we again had to resort to FS's bow pushing the gates open. The top gate paddles were up ever so slightly and try as I might, no amount of raising and then closing would get them to shut properly. So equalising the water in the chamber was again an impossibility and even with combined efforts on both Ian and my part, it was not going to happen. We hate forcing the gates like this but luckily it only took a small amount of thrust for them to part company.
|Still have toe rags on bikes tearing along the towpath.|
|Hmmm. No wonder the towpath was closed.|
|And these signs were on the fencing from Blue Bank lock to Whetstone lane bridge. Did something happen here?|
|Low water coming into Kilby Bridge lock.|
And to prove I do occasionally do the locks,
This made me laugh. The Swan was determined to remove the branch. Only trouble was it was still attached to the tree!