Its been a wild couple of months in the marina. The noise the pontoon makes in the wind is awful, and the boat rocks constantly. The River Severn broke its banks, the flood waters actually rose high enough to cover the gates on the lock that leads to the river. The winds have been gale force, on occasion, but even though there was major flooding in Stourport I really didn’t think we had that much rain. And there seemed to be sun in the afternoons more often than not. But no snow. And the internet was horrible to non-existent, I couldn’t deal with it, so no blog from me. I did get a lot of fiddly jobs done while I was by myself. Wallpapering, painting, fixing the condensation problem (thanks Colin), cleaning out a lot of hoarded clutter (sorry Howie – it’s all gone) frames for screens have been made, air vents have been installed, spare porta pottys moved on – all on the barter system.
Well Howie got back from Australia on Monday, stayed in London over night and arrived back at Stourport on Tuesday afternoon. The plan was to leave first thing on Wednesday. Best laid plans etc. It turns out that the locks on the River Severn are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until April. Phone calls were made, bookings secured and everything was put on hold until Thursday. Thursday morning came around, our borrowed skipper for the day – Colin – arrived and away we went. Its the first time we have been on a river with the boat, she seemed to handle really well. We weren’t the only narrowboats on the river that day. We shared the locks with one other, and passed a couple heading in the opposite direction. We left at about 9:30 am and arrived in Droitwich at about 4:00pm after cruising up the very reedy Droitwich Canal. We could have pushed on but once we’d stopped, there was no motivation to keep going.
It’s getting so bright in the mornings that we were both awake by 6:30. We got up and had a wander around Droitwich and finally moved off at 9:30. The excitement for the day was going under the M5. We’d taken everything off the roof, which was a good thing. We had about 8″ of space above the boat. Made for some interesting positioning to see where you were driving the boat. Only one little nudge against the wall, all good really. Been lovely weather for the past 2 days, but we got caught in a quick shower this afternoon. The wind is cold, but it is beautiful if you are out of it.
Tomorrow we go up the Tardebigge Flight – 30 locks. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
Its so nice to have the wi-fi showing solid green bars. It will be interesting to see if I can upload photos now.