Overnight and this morning the rain was relentless. Was it the right decision then to continue the journey? Well yes as we crept past those boaters waiting for the rain to stop and got to the locks first.
|Hmmm. me things some water side maintenance is called for.|
|top left photo shows the amount of spray thrown up by the cars.|
|See what I mean!|
Soon there was a break in the rain and boaters were starting to put tillers on and untie. Both boats made it past them before they pulled out in front and a good job too as Grindley Brook locks were busy.
|Short tunnel before the start of Grindley Brook locks.|
|Looks like the sky is beginning to brighten and just in time to do the flight.|
|Look at that...sunshine...short lived though but nice to be locking up in the dry.|
By the first of the staircase locks a particularly difficult short pound with a curved edge. The lock keepers use their discretion here. If too many boats are wanting to go up the flight it could result in congestion and there is not enough space to accommodate them all. The 3 up 3 down rule wouldn't then apply. Those at the top with a longer length of mooring would be made to wait until the backlog had been cleared and could result in several hours of waiting, known to happen especially when a festival is on at Ellesmere. But, and in the lock keepers opinion, luckily for all concerned, today was one of their easier days.
|The short pound before the staircase.|
|By wash, a right bu**er here and this boat had no way of avoiding collision with FS.|
So the three up three down rule was being applied and with Icing the second and FS the third boat we ascended without the usual long wait. One volunteer and one lock keeper on duty which made for a quick and easy locking.
Glad to see the facilities were in good working order at the top so with some relief we emptied the cassettes. Water tank topped up and decided to call it quits for today. Found a mooring further along and just in the nick of time. Down came that rain again and boy did it come down. Wrong time for Ian mind as he had just set out to go to the shop by the locks for a pint of milk, and without a coat too! One very wet and bedraggled man arrived back to FS about 40 minutes later!
Made a banana cake in the new processor. Threw everything in and gave it a blast with the mixing tool. Not quite the same as one I make by hand and the proof will be in the eating tomorrow. So much easier and quicker so keeping fingers crossed it tastes okay.
Wildlife seen yesterday (too wet to take wildlife photos today)