Not long after we had finished eating an interloper appeared. Frightened the life out of us when this duck suddenly flew up from the canal and landed on the table cloth. Talk about tame. Must have been fed numerous times by other boaters and seen how easy it is to get food. I had a horrible moment when I thought it was going for my wine. No one touches MY wine (-:
So now for today's blog title. Our band of merry men (Icing, Vixen and FS) set of quite early knowing that the earlier we get to Fradley and through the locks the better. It didn't quite work out that way as we picked up two boats on route with the lead boat on a go slow! Consequently we didn't arrive at Fradley Junction until 10.45am. With us having been lead boat on our band of merry men, we made a big mistake of pulling onto the water point to just go and empty the loo and get rid of the rubbish. Icing and Vixen sailed past and just as we were about to join them another boat came up from Junction lock and got in between. What none of us had realised was a queue had formed at Middle lock consisting of 6 boats us making the seventh. With volunteer lockies on you would have thought we would sail through but every time a boat entered and descended or ascended a sign had to be turned round informing those on Junction Lock what was going on. It all took loads of time, so much so, that from joining the queue at the Junction to getting into Middle lock, took best part of 90 minutes!
|We are fourth boat with another two on the lock landing. Lockie is in blue and the two arrow sign on the lock was the one she had to keep turning round|
|The boat in question.|