Rather a lovely start to what developed into a lovely complete day.
We pottered down to the lock, a whopper, with a dolly sized lock landing with a narrow boat already on it. Humph could possibly have been uttered by me.... but as we looked for options, the Lock Keeper wasn't going to arrive for another twenty minutes. Then a call form the bank was heard of moor up alongside us and we met Teresa and Brian.
The ropes fastened and the kettle on. David went off to locate the Lockkie and to 'Check-in'.
They have a different way of doing whopper locks to the Thames, where in all my limited experience we have not breasted up in those locks but we did here. I think the Lockkie was very gentle with us, maybe he is with everybody or maybe its the "Northern" way, but it was a most civilised descent.
This was moored up at the first lock. Its looking a bit sad, but online there wasn't much information that I could find.... anyone know anything else about her (Or is it a him) other than this HERE
|We followed Teresa and Brian out of the lock.|
|Not terribly clear, but they are terribly fast to disappear these Grebes.|
|Another sad sight, this time much much sadder.|
|Into the second and last lock of the day.|
Last year on the Thames, a Lockkie shut the gates on a narrowboat about fifty yards out and said he can wait when there was PLENTY of room for him. I had been staggered at the time.
We filled with water after this second lock, it really dribbled out but it was very sunny.
|The calves put me off, you would think I would be ok with them having had about 400 at home at any one time but no.|
|Our mooring tonight|
Ok, hours later another boat joined us and at 8pm another. But had this free to moor meadow been on the Thames well it would have been filled with Gin Palaces and no room at all.
I like it up here in the norff.
|Our view to the south-ish|
|And the north-ish, packed with boats.|
|I can't tell you how much I love days like this.|
|David had to jump and and get rid of the pesky calves who came marauding .|
And today lunch was....
and a very good Soave.