Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Slowly back.

After our stop virtually outside the Holly Bush at Denford last night, it would have been churlish not to pop in. So we did ! The food is good and portions are large. We both enjoyed and would not hesitate to visit again or recommend.

The weather forecast for today was poor, so when I peered out of the porthole first thing this morning, sunshine was not what I expected to see. Then looked at the weather on the TV for this area and it appeared rain would not arrive until the afternoon. So after a quick shower and breakfast we cast off and were away. For the first time in a while, no coat or fleece was required. It was warm and balmy. Hazelhurst locks were ascended with ease although all were against us. This has to be the quietest canal we have been on.

A stop at the services at Park lane bridge saw us set for a few days should the rain arrive and a further stop at Endon topped up with a few essentials.

As we approached the top of Stockton brook locks, the ominous clouds began to build and the air chilled as the wind speed rose. Again, no other boats in sight and the locks against us, but an easy passage was made. We had decided to moor below the locks again as it was a good spot. As we moored up, erected the pram hood and set up the sat dish, the first rain drops arrived. Now holed up, warm and dry and the Apprentice on TV tonight ! (yawn)

Not long after mooring at least four boats followed us down the locks, now in the pouring rain. Poor souls. The forecast for tomorrow does not look as bad as it did a few days ago, so we will possibly get to Stoke......

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