We ended up in the Cotton Arms. Dusty Millers menu looked okay but in comparison to Cotton Arms, there was no contest. More variety and a lot cheaper. By the time we left to go back to Merlin and FS, astonishment as the bridge had been fixed. Well done C&RT, we owe you all an apology.
Then arriving back at the boat, suddenly a boat with smoke pouring from the stern. OMG is it on fire???? We all rush to investigate only to find the heating had been fired up for the first time this year and excess diesel was being burnt causing the smoke. Phew, panic over.
This morning by 7.30 we were away. Too many boats acing in our direction to wait and we expected a mad exodus. Lynda and Ia go to lift the bridge. So far so good as lights flashed, barriers closed and the button pressed and then.....stopped! Oh no now what! Ian had a brainwave. Could it be the barrier that was at fault? Had the barrier locked into place? The answer to that was no. The only way the bridge would open is if Ian held the gate barrier in place. So sorry C&RT. I take back our apology and say only a half a job done. Much later when a phone signal was had Ian phoned C&RT to report it. Imagine those other boats all waiting to come through and finding the bridge still not working. I bet we will get the blame as we got through.
|This was a 'who will come through the bridge' moment. Both of us boaters gave way but no one made a move to come through.|
|Merlin exiting Hurleston bottom lock|