Yep, we are still here. Hopes had been raised Wednesday evening when the river fell by 2" only to be dashed with the coming of more rain during Wednesday night and by Thursday morning up it had come again. So yesterday, to ease the boredom, we took the bus into Loughborough, did a Tesco shop and then bussed it back again. Took up all of 2 hours! Another afternoon spent watching films!
This morning and could this be our chance for a getaway after no rain fell overnight and the levels were considerably lower than when we arrived last Monday. Could this be the day we make a break? Still in the red though judging by the height gauge by the lock but by how much??? Couldn't really tell. Anyway, we thought if we waited until this afternoon just maybe the levels would be down by another inch. With this thought in mind, we decided to bus back to Loughborough for an early lunch at Wetherspoons and fingers crossed we would be good to go on our return.
Bit disappointed when on getting back and checking that gauge, we still couldn't see any sign of amber showing but we knew by the position of FS (and keeping an eye on marks on the concrete) that the river had dropped even more. Ian then had a brainwave. Sileby Lock was only about 3/4 mile further upstream. Walk to the weir to see what was what first and if it looked okay then our escape would be imminent.
|One of the river weirs controlling the levels|
|Looks calm enough.|
|Proper waves but only on this section.|
|Looking from the lock, the Weir coming from the right and that overstay boat on the bend on the left. THAT would have been nerve-racking to negotiate if we had left without knowing what was in store.|
|Weir to get past before heading into the lock.|
|Is that amber we see???? And only about 1.5 inches below the water line. So tantalising close to us being able to get underway.|
|Hope the boat ropes are secure!!!|
|Above lock and Ian just had to check the height gauge. Showing 4m we still didn't know if that was well above the norm.|
|Shows a significant drop|
|No sign of amber though.|