Thursday 18th Juy to Friday 19th July 2013
Another early start again to beat the heat, but rising through the first
lock out of Shardlow, a kindly person had advised about a problem ahead with a
rather large tree and an equally large branch which was in a precarious
position – personal inspection and a look-see was advisable.
Sure enough – it could easily be seen where the branch was peeling itself
away from the trunk and if it came down it would cause some havoc.
On the basis that we had been through the same place just the day before and
that the breeze would have trouble blowing out the flame on a candle we
Gently we went, taking the precaution of life and limb – Diane and Banjo
were inside the boat – I am pretty sure she made the phone call to the insurance
company to increase my life insurance payout – just in case !
Everything passed without incidence – we did make the comment to each other
that if we had waited for CaRT to arrive and inspect, they would be sure to
close the canal – later in the morning that is exactly what they did – closed until
sometime on Friday.
We had observed on Wednesday a boat using that very same first lock up and
the lady on board needed to use the bow thruster to get into the double-gated
lock. We sniggered a bit about all of that, but as we found there are reasons
why some people need to use the button.
It was this very same boat that we met and shared the next 4 double locks
with on our cruising on Thursday.
Diane was on the boat and was chatting with Jo and it transpired that she
has to steer the boat – only into the locks whilst Danny sets them and works
the boat through.
With some medical problems she is not physically able to open and close lock
gates and therefore must do the boat; she feels more comfortable with the
button and Danny said that without it they simply wouldn’t be able to enjoy
cruising – no longer will I make any comments about bow thrusters and the
people that need to use them – they help people feel more confident and help
them get out and enjoy the canals.
Danny did go onto say that Jo is improving with the steering – Well Done!!
The sun was getting hotter and we were both getting ready to moor up – so after
Stenson Lock we were looking for the first available spot – which fortunately
arrived just after bridge 20 – in we went and there we stayed – in the shade;
in the cool of the day; out of the heat.
And here we stayed for another day.
Despite some railway marshalling yards nearby and the distant presence of the
hum of the A50, it was quiet, peaceful and cool.
“Yes dear, what would you like for me to fetch for you?”
“Coffee, croissants, water, foot massage, back rub - Your wish is, as usual,
my command, oh queen of the boat”
Tomorrow we may head off, but for certain it
will be for another shady spot where the bell works and the response is the