Before we left Cowroast we popped into the marina to buy a replacement windlass for the one I left at the Fenny Stratford lock. Its the only time I’ve done that (so far). We had a quick catch up with Darren and Lawrence, and asked after various acquaintances at the marina.
The water is incredibly clear at present, particularly round Cowroast Lock, and has almost a translucent greeny-blue quality. As it cascaded out of the lock it almost reminded me of the colour of the water at Huka Falls in New Zealand, and would have been even more similar if there had been a blue sky reflected. Alan was steering through the Dudswell Locks and said that he could clearly see the most enormous pike in the shallows on the offside: he was doing lots of classic fishermen “long as your arm” gestures. There were a few burst of rain but nothing too prolonged luckily: it was cold.
We moored for lunch below Bushes Lock and then went past Alan’s former workplace Sensonics, just above Bushes Lock. One of his former colleagues was outside eating lunch so we had a quick yelled conversation in passing and Alan will pop along to see them tomorrow. The day was dimming rapidly so we thought it better not to linger.
There were plenty of mooring spaces at Berkhamsted: unfortunately most of them were marked for winter mooring permit holders only, with not one boat moored on them. Luckily we managed to find a place past the footbridge, but I have several times noticed large areas marked off for winter mooring, mostly empty on the way down the Grand Union. What is the position I wonder if you cannot find a mooring space outside those areas?
Its good to be moored at Berkhamsted again and I am going to have a lovely time at the shops tomorrow, without Alan!
Today we did 2.6 Miles and 7 Locks
Statistics so far:-
2130.27 Miles, 1183 Locks, 120 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 36 Tunnels