Headed off from Loughborough, a bit windy, cloudy and chance of rain - not a chance really - it started not long after we started.
Still it was brief and with the birthday girl inside, it was only the crew that got a bit wet.
It was a nice pleasant cruise down to the first lock and by then the sun, as well as the skipper, had emerged.
We needed water so the Barrow Mill Basin was in an ideal location and especially so, because the cafe was open and no sooner had we tied up than she was in with her order for a sausage and bacon bap. After I got the water filling I declined on anything.
We encountered a group of young guys on a charity walk from Nottingham to
Soon enough we were off and by Mountsorrel we had almost caught up with another boat (nb Rocquette) - they were exiting as we arrived - so it was nice to see them waiting at the next lock ready for us both to go up.
|the weir before Cossington Lock - the river is flowing quite well|
At Junction Lock we waited for two boats to exit, the second of these was nb Ophelia which was attended by Ann and Ken - Ann gave a friendly recognition that she read the blog - hope that you both are enjoying your time out for the week.
We moored at Syston - this being Sunday and her birthday and Mothers Day (in
The menu was extensive, the meal was satisfactory without threatening the The Cotton Arms (at Wrenbury).
Despite some outside noise from the relatively near A road, we heard nothing inside and had a very peaceful night.
In the morning the weather reports were consulted and with rain impending just before lunch we decided that we would leave early to get into
Today was very pleasant cruising with the evenly spaced locks, less wind than yesterday and the sun trying to find it's way through the cloud.
Since our out and back in the water repair job last week, we have certainly noticed that the boat is performing much better - the turning and responsiveness is much better (Diane was saying that she was exactly the same).
|no explanation needed!|
|the start of the rubbish - at least will by-pass the canal|
|1st load of rubbish|
|2nd load of rubbish|
A third bag full of a mixture of cloth, clothes, plastic and other rubbish that did not belong in the canal at all.
|3rd and final load - can't be much left - I've cleared their bloody canal|
Leicester has been the worst of the major cities that we have visited so far.
Third time lucky; the prop stayed clear and we made it round under
|fancy bringing the young 'uns up amongst all of the rubbish|
|Despite everything else there are some lovely views around Leicester|
|if you have the mind to come this way it can be very nice indeed|
We did the walking thing and on our way back we strayed into John Lewis for a timer for the kitchen - not finding one we liked we thought we might just check out the EE store and what deal we could get on a new phone.
If only we had bought the timer in John Lewis, but she does like her new iPhone.
|the boat down below on the Castle Garden moorings|
16 Miles, 10 Locks
Totals: 2444 Miles, 1762 Locks, 77 Tunnels, 32