This morning we left fairly early and was most surprised to see a volunteer Lockie on at Sawley locks. With Easter being late this year (they normally start at Easter) the volunteers decided to start the season earlier.
|The sun was low as we cruised toward Sawley lock and the glare of the water was quite strong.|
|Volunteer Lockie opening the gate/|
Back on the Erewash and my mood changed from happy to miserable in an instant. Not that I dislike the canal, far from it but the fact we are heading back to the Mill and this was to be the penultimate cruise before securing FS on her moorings for the rest of the year. We had to stop at Sandiacre to fetch the car and then store the roof furniture back in the garage. Deciding to stay for the rest of the day, we were having a spot of lunch when a knock on the side of FS alerted us to two policemen standing by the side hatch. After pleasantries, a photo was thrust in my hand and we were questioned as to whether we knew anything about a deceased man named Robert Chatwin. As an ongoing investigation they were walking the towpath stopping everyone they came across asking for any information. Unfortunately, there was nothing we could tell them and I suppose both officers were understandably evasive when I asked how he had died. To read the news article about Robert Chatwin click here and to read about the first body found back in March, Thomas Boyle click here
Not many photos of the journey today as it is one we do regularly. Tomorrow we leave early to get to Langley. Rather fancy a Carvery at the Great Northern but as they close for meals at 4pm its a must to get there before then.
|Onto the River Trent|
|That's the Erewash junction on the left.|
|Some boat must have hit this pretty hard.|
And Wildlife today,
And the Swallows have returned and are starting to nest in the walls at Sawley lock. (Thanks to Paul he reliably informs me these birds are Sand Martins and not Swallows)