The first boat through

New Year’s Day was a real family occasion with the first visit of our daughter’s in-laws to meet little Maggie. We had a great evening meal with lots of good chat and laughter. They were staying at the Premier Inn hotel on the former Sun Printers site, which had cheap deals for the night and we all walked down together. Very slowly, because Alan’s heel is very painful once more and we crawl at snail’s pace. In fact, I am sure that snails could speed past us.

We have been keeping a close eye on the ice which doesn’t seem to have thawed to any great degree at all. Today however two boats forced their way up the lock and through, one towing the other, and a few minutes later another came along in the other direction. You wait for weeks and three come at once! The ice is now well broken up into thick chunks and some wide slabs. The forecast is for -2 tonight but hopefully now there is some clear water it won’t freeze again and we will go down to the lower pound tomorrow. We’d like to top up our water tank if we can get into the side but this might prove difficult as there is a big accumulation of ice in front of the lock. I might have to be up the front bashing away with a pole.

Statistics so far:-

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


One Response to The first boat through

  1. Carrie says:

    thanks so much for your help with the locks today! Take care in that shallow pound – might be worth letting some water down before you come through.

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