Saturday 5th April 2014
D-day had arrived - the day when the outcome would be decided.
But first there was the little matter of Stone Farmers Market and changing some things over at Midland Chandlers.
Roly, as ever, offered to drive down to Penkridge so that I could change a few things over, whilst he was looking around at a couple more items - we headed off at 9am and were back an hour later - thanks Roly.
In the meantime there was a market to be descended upon, which was left in Diane's more than capable hands and by 11 we were just about ready to leave Stone for the last time (at least for a few years anyway).
|Market Day and the crowd abounds|
Elaine was also not well, so we locked Paul through Aston Lock, who picked up a hitchhiker - a guy who needed to get past Fred (the swan - protecting the nest).
We followed through and then approached Sandon Lock - I got off early in order to chronicle the events.
Diane had agreed to single hand through Sandon Lock and I would buy here an eye-pad (err I mean iPad).
|The easy stuff - just cruising at this stage|
|Mooring is not the strong point, but she does it easy here|
|Then she has to move the boat down closer - someone has |
left their b____y big boat in the way - oops it's Caxton
|Big boat gone - onto the lock bollards - for boats using the lock|
|The determined look - "Let's get this lock done!"|
|Set the lock|
|Open the top gate|
|Bring the boat in carefully|
|Step off - centre line in hand|
|Readying to tie up|
|Close the top gate|
|Open the bottom gate paddles...|
|... both sides|
|Open the bottom gate|
|Opt to pull the boat out of the lock|
|...coming out slowly...|
|...close the gates|
|"I did it"|
The obligatory visit to The Clifford Arms for just a couple of drinks, then back to the boat for a healthy dinner (that's not in her vocabulary) and very soon she was off to bed and sound asleep very quickly.
She had had a big day and she knew that she certainly could do it all.
10 Miles, 4 Locks – for today
Totals: 2237 Miles, 1664 Locks, 74 Tunnels, 32