When we left Stratford it was decided that I should be doing more of the driving, particularly manoeuvring in and out of locks. So as we left the basin in Stratford the first challenge was a 90 degree turn into a very narrow bridge. That went well and I waited under the bridge while John emptied the lock. Unfortunately the clearance was so tight that the water emptying from the lock made the boat rise enough to knock out the solar lights in the flower boxes. I am firmly of the opinion that every time I take the tiller there is a catastrophe! Even John had to agree that I am jinxed.
This weekend we welcomed our first visitors this season so I am passing over to Gill for a few comment:-
"Well second trip to Market Drayton in a week but very different weather and a very different experience. I love mucking around on boats even when it rains and the b&b is excellent. Good exercise too
although our locking techniques were a
bit rusty to start with we made it to the pub in time for tea!"
Quite a few new ducklings this week and some great kingfisher photo opportunities if only the camera was ready !! One day. However here is a photo I have entered into a canal magazine competition.
Well on our way to Liverpool now but taking a few days off for a visit to see my daddy who has been a bit poorly.
Just a reminder to anyone who follows our travels. This is our last season in the canals so last chance for anyone to come for a visit. You will be most welcome. Bookings now being taken !
That's all for now.