Weave, yes it is Hawthorne, it's very pretty.
Col the CRT employ spotters who walk the canal but they only pass weekly, one was murdered a short time ago near Aylesbury.
JanF, Steve wasn't bothered about paying for a pump out, it got us on the move once it was done.
Beano seems to be fully recovered and is no longer limping.
Yesterday was very busy, we are moored not far from a particularly difficult lock and swing bridge.
I hate doing this one on my own as you need to get the lock with the boat still in and the gates open but the boat needs to stay in the lock until the bridge is open. This is because of the strong current where the river joins the canal.
To make things worse you cannot see the bridge from the boat so whoever is operating the lock has to gallop to and fro to let the boater know they can proceed. Once the bridge is open the boater needs to give the engine some welly and race towards the bridge.
We helped nine boats through the lock yesterday, two were wide beams which have to go in the lock alone the others were narrow boats and two can fit in the lock together. After the first six boats Steve was knackered and was about to return to our boat but the next two boats were single handers, one was a lady we know well, who travels with her dog and cat. We helped her and another single hander through the lock before returning to our boat. There were no more boats then until early evening when a huge Dutch barge came through, again we want to help the couple on board as the wife is six months pregnant.