One was Osiris (can't spell it) which turned out to be a shared boat also mooring at our home mooring at Clifton Cruisers...they had only been there since March and were probably out cruising when we were there.
The third boat was Perentis. I had seen her moored when I took Barney for his last walk last night and since she must have passed where we were moored and had not hailed us I had concluded, correctly, that it was not our friends Dick & Jill on board. However the friends of theirs who were aboard said they were doing a swap in Market Harborough and then would be heading in the same direction as us, so maybe we will meet up at some stage.
0805 saw us start on the descent of the Foxton Locks on a lovely sunny (chilly - 3 layers required) morning.
|The lock-keeper clears some weed before we start|
|Barney is not a happy dog.....he always assists Geoff with the locks and is as good as gold but there is a strict rule at Foxton about dogs on leads so he had to stay aboard....|
|If you look behind the gates can look quite forbidding.|
|Have the locks really been here that long?|
|Geoff & I swapped roles half way down, it is not often the gates and paddles are easy enough for me to do. Foxton are very well looked after.|
To get out of the bottom lock I almost needed a boat that bent in the middle as a boat was moored extremely close up.........nevertheless no mishaps.....
Soon after leaving the Foxton area we see this sign
|So it was a slow ride.......but hey....the sun was shining.....|
|Lots of area like this|
|John on Epiphany was leading....|
|So he was first into Saddleworth tunnel.|
Braunston 2042 yards
Crick 1528 yards
Husbands Bosworth 1170 yards
and finally Saddleworth 881 yards
I don't think we have any more until we are nearly back at Clifton and have Newbold tunnel.....but even I might just have a go at that one.....(Maybe)
|We passed this field with a huge manure pile.......should be worth a pretty penny for someones roses....|
|Just imagine being on the canals then|
Next we had 5 broad locks so lovely to be travelling in company
|Petroc coming out of the first broad lock of the day|
|An ever patient Barney waits for Geoff who is on the other side.|
|Wait for me......it was a little breezy!|
|Very old grave stones with the inscriptions very hard to read|
The church appears to be in the middle of nowhere but when you reach it there is a road a little distance away. The grounds are beautifully tended. Unfortunately it was locked (only to be expected in the evening) so we could not view the inside.
Total distance:7.45 miles