Beautiful foggy start to the day and with the mist rising from the water it gave everything that surreal feel. A bit on the chilly side first thing though, where one needed gloves, jacket, woolly hat etc but by the time we got to the top of Hazelhurst flight, the fog had lifted and the morning was warming up nicely.
The Hazelhurst locks were literally a short walk away and expecting them all to be empty due to a boat having arrived late last night, dismay when all three had to be emptied. Nearly got drenched at the middle lock when suddenly, from the air vent by the ground paddle, a huge great plume of water shot into the air...several times. If I had been standing over it to wind the paddle...well lets leave that to your imagination.
|Before you all tell me off for leaving the windlass on the spindle, the quick reaction of mine to get out of the way meant the last thing on my mind was the windlass!|
|Long Butts lift bridge. That's the trouble single handers have. How to get the boat through when you are stuck on the wrong side!|
|Norton Green lift bridge (mechanical) She would have managed on this one but it was easier if Ian did it for her.|
A sharp right-hander takes you under a bridge to the Etruria staircase locks. On the lock landing and tied to the bollard nearest the bridge was this small cruiser.
A boat was already in the staircase on its way up so Ian had to somehow get FS into the side and allow enough room for the exiting boat, but that cruiser was in the way. Only one thing for it (and it's not something we normally do) was to untie that cruiser and move it to the very end bollard. We had been watched by a local and then told the boat had been stolen and abandoned. Didn't feel quite so bad about shifting it.
Took these photos to show the way the water from the top lock of the staircase can be drained into the bottom lock by means of a side weir in the bottom lock chamber.
The rain was imminent so finding a mooring was top of our list.Luckily one was free by the museum so snuck in quick before the boat on the services filling his water tank got it. Well, he hadn't finished with the hose so felt it was ours to have! And as he went past....if looks could kill!!!!!
And wildlife today,