The Tardebigge Flight

Thirty locks, the longest flight in the system.   We started at 8:30am and finished at 12:30.  No problems, steady going, good weather.   Clear & cool but dry.   We followed 2 boats up, and met 2 boats going down.  The heavens opened about 15 minutes after we moored up.   Sitting on the boat now with the fire going, the TV on, and internets working.   And very, very tired.

I didn’t mention yesterday the rubbish we caught around the propellor, TWICE.   And it wasn’t just a little inconvenient bit of weed.  This rubbish stopped the boat dead.  Luckily we were in locks both times, we were able to sort it out in the lock rather than bobbing around uncontrolled on the water.

Its worth mentioning also that Spring seems to be earlier this year.   I’ve seen duckings and moorhen chicks in the last week.   It was quite a bit later in the year last year when we first noticed chicks.  Its been so mild recently I’ve planted lettuce and radish in bags on the roof, everything seems to be germinating nicely.  I’ll wait till I can buy seedlings for tomatoes and cucumber.

Rubbish V.1

Rubbish V.1

Rubbish V.2

Rubbish V.2

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Our overnight mooring.

Our overnight mooring.

Spring lambs.

Spring lambs.

Lock cottage

Lock cottage

Bird house, with nest!

Bird house, with nest!

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