Drastic action had to be taken yesterday. Suddenly the water levels in the basin started rising and rather to quickly for our liking. Vikki from the boatyard was seen rushing to the lock and whipping up the bottom paddles as well as cracking open a paddle at the top. Normally the feeder paddle is dropped in this situation but so much water was flowing from the brook that in this instance doing that may well have flooded the field and dockyard area. Raising it at least a quarter turn was necessary to stop that from happening by diverting some of the flow to the basin. Levels evened out and finally the bottom gate paddle was dropped, bottom gates left open and top paddle closed. It worked, but a close eye was kept in case the levels rose again
|Moorgreen reservoir built in 1794 to supply water for the Nottingham Canal, feeds the Erewash Canal from this feeder..|
|Feeder. No arch visible|
|Coping stones underwater, as was our step. |
As for me...well, throat is still sore but swallowing is okay, voice is going (much to Ian's delight) and still no other symptoms, so I'm not worrying too much at the moment. And then Ian informs me he had a sore throat for two days last week. Why didn't he mention it? He said he never gave it a thought. I'm convinced he did it out of concern. Anyway I think I may leave the Covid test for the time being. Self-isolating until the throat is 100% better is the way to go.
I did the Big Garden Bird count today so today's wildlife is on the feeder.