Carolyn had her work cut out as there were 3 hire boats in front of us and only one lock keeper. We know the keeper as we have done the flight many times before. He asked Carolyn if she could keep an eye on the hire boat in front of us as they had never done a lock before. It all went ok until the 3rd lock up and the lady decided to go back to the lock we were in and started to open one of our paddles, needless to say Carolyn soon put her wright.
After 7 hours of cruising and some almighty down pours and thunder storms we spent the night at Yelvertoft and then on Sunday we pulled pins at 08.30 and headed towards Crick .Carolyn wanted to get a few things in the village, so while she did that I got onto the services and filled with water and dumped all our waste. It was then through a very wet and Smokey Crick tunnel and on towards Watford locks. This has to be one of the worst lock landings anywhere.
We then made our way to Norton junction and picked up a mooring just before the Grand union canal to await the arrival of our two favorite girls.
After a 4 hour journey up from Devon Chloe and Curly (Abbie) arrived on Monday morning and after a shop in Daventry it was pull pins and down the Buckby flight. Once at the bottom Chloe soon grabbed the tiller.
We are heading South with a stop over planned in Milton Keynes as the girls are desperate for some retail therapy. We have Blissworth tunnel and the Stoke Bruerne flight in front of us and as Chloe has never been through a tunnel it should be fun, I have told her not to worry as there are lights all the way through the tunnel,which of course there isn't. Then when Chloe departs for foreign shores we will be on the move again .