As we continued on, we saw more and more cut branches laying on the towpath. The only problem was trying to get into the side to collect it. We didnt fancy getting stuck and, as Ian had already cut up and filled another 14 bags with the wood that we had collected earlier, he didn't think it was worth trying to get anymore. But then, right by a convenient piled edge, was a stack of wood already logged into manageable pieces. Well, even Ian couldn't pass that opportunity, so here we are again, roof full of wood ready to be chopped, and the boat listing badly once more.
|I don't suppose many live aboards could resist this!!!|
|I don't recommend anyone tying to a tree across the towpath but it was the only way,to stop us blowing across the cut without putting pins in.|
|The first lamb in the process of having a good shake and Mum completely unconcerned that her second lamb was in difficulties.|
|Having a reassuring feed.|
|I wondered if the Ewe at the back really had 4 lambs!!|
We eventually made it to Watford Locks. We saw plenty of contractors about but no sign of the Lock Keeper. So we had no option other then to DIY. We managed to do the flight in 40 minutes, which was pretty good going seeing as Ian had to set all the locks. The rain had, by now, stopped and after another couple of miles we arrived at Norton Junction. We decided to moor before the junction as neither of us fancied going down Long Buckby flight tonight, especialy if all the moorings were full at the top. I for one was ever so glad to get in the warm and, after a lovely hot shower, I felt almost human again.
|I know this work is necessary, but at the moment stepping off the boat means very muddy boots!|
|Tarmacing the towpath.|
|Look no leaks!!! Lovely new gate fitted in 2011. Oh if they could all be like this!|