This morning we set about trying to arrange a mooring at Rembrandt Gardens in Little Venice. These moorings can be pre-booked for a price and would guarantee a place for up to a week. Unfortunately we were unlucky as no places were available until August. We wanted them for July as we rather fancied going to the World Para Athletics at Wembley. But without a definite mooring it looks like we are to be disappointed. So it was a late getaway and after going up the lock at Fenny and then onto the waterpoint it wasn't until 10. 30 before we got underway.
|Fenny Stratford lock with swing bridge across.|
A pleasant run to Stoke Hammond lock (which was full with top gate open) which didn't bode well for the next 3 locks at Soulbury. Was there a boat in front of us leaving every top gate open?
On the exit we noticed the back pump was running and the pound very low. Staying in the middle was a priority and we hoped we wouldn't meet another oncoming boat. What we did notice was a tree down across the towpath so Ian did no more than phone C&RT to report it.
|A good 18 inches down|
Just before the Soulbury Three and passing a line of linear moored boats was another narrowboat heading for us. Holding back and keeping as far over as possible without getting grounded was the only option but both of us ended up in the mud. Eventually we sorted ourselves out and continued toward the lock only to see a boat with it's stern stuck half way across the cut. A lady had managed to get off and was heaving for all her might on the centre rope to bring the boat into her mooring while her husband tried in vain to pull the front end in.
|The boat nearest to us is almost out of the water.|
|Nearly high and dry.|
|Bottom of Soulbury Three. You can see how low the pound is.|
|Every lock ready for us by the volunteers which was fantastic|
|Second of the locks and I only just scrapped in!|
|The lady having another word with one of the volunteers.|
|Last lock and still we have no water.|
Found a lovely rural mooring but only downside, we are very near to the main rail line. Oh well at least the trains will get us up in the morning.
And seen today,
|Tiny spider about the size of two pin heads. Took this photo as the blessed thing bit my foot!|
|Neighbours coming home! Hope the kids behave!|