Best laid plans went completely awry! Woke to -3 temperatures, opened the curtain to see ice on the canal. Oh well, can't be much we thought. After all this was only the second real cold spell of autumn.
The Houdini was frozen, without that cover it was bound to happen. Once that frame warms up God help anyone standing under it. Cold water dripping down one's neck is extremely unpleasant.
So after a substantial bowl of porridge to keep us warm, the tiller was attached to the swan neck, warm outer wear put on and engine started. First thing Ian did was replace the Houdini cover.
Then we tried to undo ropes! Frozen solid they were. Anyway that was achieved with a bit of jiggling and tugging but trying to get the pins out...well that was another matter. Feeble me had no hope, it took my burly 'man that can' to prise them out of the ground. Ian pushed the bow out, got on to the back deck and I tried to drive us forward. Hmm, that ice was slightly thicker than we had anticipated!
Power on and away we went, through the bridge ole, past the point where the Litchfield and Hatherton hope to restore the canal (CLICK HERE) and breaking ice as we went.
And then...that blooming Azolla weed, well it was like trying to steer through a carpet! That weed had formed a very thick ice layer and FS was being pushed one way and then another, I came to a dead stop, ah....not good! All we could do was reverse, back through the bridge 'ole, and back to our mooring. But we are now in a bit of a pickle! Both loo cassettes are full and the third (thankfully we took the spare out of the motorhome) had just been replaced. Two days we reckon if we don't drink too much. Anyway we stopped by the bridge, it's in the sun, so solar panels should help boost the batteries.
|Reversing FS back through the bridge 'ole|
I went off to see how far that Azolla weed stretched. Quite a way, although it did improve before the next bridge came into view. But of course, there may be even more further along. Nop best stay here then. We really hope the weather will improve and melt that ice. If not, with the situation getting desperate, we may well have to try and break through anyway.
|That's as far as we got.|
Oh and its snowing again!
|FS attracting some attention.|