Sitting on the back deck this morning with coffee. We were gongoozling, watching other boaters. There was a boat on the lock landing, a lot of people milling about but nothing happening. So I picked up a windlass and went to see if they needed help.
When I reached the lock landing an irate lady snapped at me.
" Late? " I queried.
"Yes, late, you are meant to be here at 10:30 to open the locks and it's now 11 o'clock"
I started to explain that I wasn't a lockkeeper, just a boater who'd come to help but the silly cow just kept on ranting. So I turned around and walked back to my boat with her still shouting at me.
Eventually another boat came through the lock and the crew helped them through.
Hopefully they explained to her that most of the locks on the K&A aren't manned.