A few boats out early today and most of them were on the water point at Fradley in front of us. So we hovered and then got on the bridge landing space a bit naughtily I know, but I went to and fro operating the bridge for passing boats so it was sort of ok,
Rubbish done, water done we set off and around the corner were three boats in front going our way that is left onto the Trent & Mersey canal heading northwards. I went to help at the first lock as I always do. It took time to progress the three boats in front of us as we had to wait for two others coming down and there was a delay.
Out of the four boats, only two boats had their crews helping. I struggle with this as a concept, even if there are volunteers on duty, I personally do not see it as their role to "Do" the locks for you, I think they are jolly 'Good Eggs' helping out.
|David and WaL right at the back of the queue.|
On the lock side was a pair of these little Grey Wagtails. So very pretty and my favourite colours too.
|Shade House still for sale, this house is going to need an boat and train spotting owner due to H2 coming close.|
|Leaves appearing all this time.|
|Wood End Lock and cottage|
So I went ahead here to help the boat in front of us who was a single hander and a very elderly gentleman too, very polite and appreciative of my help. Fine. But I had noticed the boat behind us had come onto the lock landing, the helm was in position and the crew was stood there holding the centre line around the bollard and just holding it and looking up at us.
There he remained until I had turned the lock and David had come in, then the crew, a man, came up and wanted to know what the delay was! I found this such an infuriating remark that he should have stood back and then complained. I said nothing, but I know smaller women than me would have put him straight.
I was pleased that another boat came into view to use the lock after us so delaying him even longer.
We moored up, in the sunshine south of Armitage. We had spent longer doing the water, rubbish and waiting for the locks than cruising but thats boating for you.
Books out, chairs out and relax Lisa.
|As a friend said, snow burn last week and sunburn this week.|
Supper was courgette, mushroom and chorizo pasta