Christmas shopping

There was no perceivable difference in the snow this morning: the towpath was white and the trees were frosted just as they had been for the previous two days. The traffic was moving along the roads albeit through slush. Last night was very cold and there was the groan and crack of ice thickening up around us. For the first time there was ice on the lower pound. When we went over to Tesco at Rickmansworth this afternoon we found the canal was also iced there except for a small area where the river enters the canal.

We went up to the house to collect Ralph for the morning so that his parents could sleep after another broken night. I had a lovely long cuddle with little Maggie and we finally managed to get Ralph out of the house: he was intent on playing hide and seek under the bed. There was quite a bit of traffic on the way in but nothing like the amount when we left town at 1.00. It was obviously worth going in earlier. The town was busy and so was the supermarket later on. It seems that everyone is worried about the shops running out of supplies if the snow lasts.

When we got back to the boat late afternoon we found that the waterpoint was working after some heat had been applied and one of our neighbours was filling his tank. He is a born and bred Croxley resident now living aboard and like everyone here friendly and helpful. He had run out of water last night mid shower. The ice had masked the normal shift in the boat that tells him that water is needed as he doesn’t have a gauge. What worries him, as it does us, is that the Wakemans pump out boat won’t make it through tomorrow as scheduled and likewise we can’t make it down to the marina.

Ralph and Maggie

Ralph and Maggie

Statistics so far:-

2141.60 Miles, 1209 Locks, 120 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 36 Tunnels

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