Not a bad meal at Jack Myton last night. Bit pricey and not a massive choice but sevice was excellent. Would recommend for that special occasion or if you fancy more than the usual pub meal.
With a lull in the rain this morning we made a break for it, bit earlier than normal but in a way fortuitous as on arrival to the junction of the Montgomery, 7 boats already waiting. Passing a couple of boats still moored but ready to set off, they too ended up at the junction. Turns out a festival at Maesbury at the weekend was the cause for the sheer number of boats wanting to descend. All in all 13 boats went down the flight which would normally only have 12. One had booked with notification proof but was not shown on the Lock Keepers records so was allowed to continue. We knew nothing of this festival which caused a bit of concern as moorings on the Montgomery has limited numbers. With so many boats we decided not to delay coming back up the flight until Wednesday deciding instead to wind at Queens Head, moor there if space available and ascend the Frankton locks tomorrow.
|top left. Damage to the piling at the right height to make a mess of the paintwork.|
|Look at that. Margaret and I are now seeing FS and Icing down and Chris left doing all the work. That hire boat had three people on board. Where was the help!|
|Fixing end stops to the lock beams.|
|Is it to do with health and safety?|
We made it to Queens Head and thankfully there was two spaces available. With the wind blowing a gale it was decided not to wind until the morning. Then Margaret found out the weather forecast was for even stronger winds tomorrow so once the wind dropped late afternoon it was reverse back to the winding hole and attempt to wind. Hmm easier said then done, for us at any rate. FS is a bit of a cow when it comes to reversing and was being very temperamental when it came to getting round. Successfully completed it was then Dennis's turn. Icing reversed beautifully and performed impeccably much to Ians annoyance. Why cant FS behave as well! Anyway tomorrow we need to be at the bottom of the locks by midday. As the lock landing isn't the longest we may well try to get away a bit earlier.
And seen on route,
|Above right and left. Lock named after Graham Palmer who was the founder of the waterways recovery group and worked tirelessly to restore this canal|
|John Baylis is an active member of the ECP&DA canal society|
|Caterpillar of large white cabbage butterfly.|