BOAT ! not the best day we’ve had.

Yesterday was a shocker of a day boating.   There was one little gust of wind that pushed me over to the trees, as I was trying to keep the branches from tangling with the tiller arm a little twiggy branch got under my dragon tiller pin and flicked it into the water!  Nooooooo.   I was devastated!  Couldn’t retrieve it.  Gone.

The autumn leaves are beautiful but clogging up the locks like you would not believe.   With so many apples also in the water it’s like trying to cruise through muesli when you come out of the locks.   At one lock I couldn’t even get the boat to move.  In the end Howard had to let down extra water to help float the boat out.  With a combination of extra water and Howard pulling the ropes the boat finally got out.   The leaves were piled up to the gunnels.

And the bridges are very low on this section of canal – as seen by the damage to the cooly hat.  Boat v Bridge = 1 to Bridge.

It comes in threes.

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Water running under a lock side cottage

Water running under a lock side cottage

Autumn leaves.

Autumn leaves.

Leaves on the walls inside of the locks.

Leaves on the walls inside of the locks.

Boat v Bridge.  Win to bridge.

Boat v Bridge. Win to bridge.

Duck house on the water.

Duck house on the water.

Leaves on the gunnels from inside the lock.

Leaves on the gunnels from inside the lock.

Random carving

Random carving

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