With the skipper out of action with a bung knee, it was indeed fortunate that there were many lock-free miles ahead of us.
She would be able to sit and relax her leg, but getting medical people to do as they are told / should be doing is practically impossible.
|A man's work is never done|
We filled the diesel tank at Trinity Marina (not too bad at 92p/l) and then onward to the moorings at
|a bit too expensive for propulsion|
There were plenty of comments about the "lady of leisure" in the cratch.
|Approaching Marston Junction|
We were due to catch up with Linda and Richard (nb Mary H) with whom we had cruised last year along the Leicester branch and then up to Warwick, and of course Muffin their spoodle.
It was really great to see them again.
The food was acceptable - nothing that is likely to drag us back again but that was of little consequence as we chatted away.
|Richard with his ice-cream and custard dessert|
|Linda - (n)ice cream|
|"I'm not sharing much of it"|
We had Post Restante parcels arriving - 1 was already due to be there and 2 would be arriving that day.
Taking advantage of water and Elsan facilities at the top of the locks before starting the flight, we also enjoyed the sunshine that had made an appearance.
The lockies were on duty, with the fellow at the top confirming to us that Holme Lock in
We only needed to go down 5 locks before mooring up; Diane took advantage of the sun and wind to have the washing out the back, whilst we took off into town to the Post Office (2 parcels down, just 1 to go); a relaxing coffee (Costa); then off to the bank for funds for the solar panels; then some shopping at Aldi and the Co-Op (she doesn't miss a chance to replenish the milk stocks.
|The smile was for the washing drying nicely|
The cash from the bank (we needed to seek teller assistance) was given to us in an envelope; the teller not counting it in front of us, and we not checking; so I decided to make sure - ₤40 short - we stared at each other as we always check cash like that - so back to the bank and explained the problem - there were virtually no problems and the balance was given to us.
If I was a suspicious person then I would be thinking something not at all nice - wait! I am a suspicious person and I was thinking of a few things that indicated something was amiss with the bank's procedures.
Anyway, as we headed back down the main street, it was about time for package number 3 to be available - and it was. In the end it was a good result.
A bite for lunch and we decided to head off to finish this flight of locks and moor up near Bradley Green which has always seemed a nice place to stop and so we did.
Lock 10 on the flight was slow filling on our way up 12 days earlier and so it was again - seems from what another boater told us, it has been this was for quite some time.
We are still travelling roughly 3-4 hours a day and then mooring; Thursday was similar with the exception that Diane wanted to get to
We were carefully navigating our way past the moored craft at Polesworth when another boat was approaching - a familiar boat at that - it didn't take long to realise that it was Mick and Elly on Parisien Star on their final voyage; we helloed and good-byed almost in the same breath, there being no possibility of mooring up and both steerers negotiating a narrow piece of canal without any hitting of boats; it was not possible to avoid getting grounded and Mick being on the outside met this fate, but they were soon away.
|Elly and Mick (Parisien Star)|
|gave her the chance to do one lock today and here she is -|
sitting down on the job
|Canal protection system|
The sun was out and it had turned out to be a most enjoyable afternoon - even the shopping bill was pretty good.
33 Miles, 13 Locks
Totals: 2355 Miles, 1695 Locks, 77 Tunnels, 32