There's been a lot of trouble in the past week with low levels of water in the pound between Stoke Hammond lock and Fenny Stratford lock and all the moored boats drying out on their moorings. We were told that someone on two occasions within 4 days had left the paddles open at Fenny lock and drained the pound. On Saturday we pulled pins at 08.30 and when we arrived at the lock one of the paddles had been left open on the bottom gates overnight. The lock gates at the top do leak a bit ,so a certain amount of water had drained through the lock. There has been a few problems with some of the locals recently and it would appear some of the residents don't like boaters and boats . So, why do they buy a house next to the canal ???
I spy with my little eye free heat. There was more wood than we could carry and it was down a bank and about 50 yards from Inca , but it was well worth the effort. We have had to put 7 bags of coal into the cratch as there was so much weight going onto the roof. I'm not sure how much weight you can put on the roof before it becomes unstable, but we have seen some boats with a lot more on their roofs than we have.
With it all sawn up into lengths that would go on the roof we ended up with a few weeks worth of freebie heat. With the Towpath tidied up and the wood on the roof ready to be logged up at a later date we are on our way again.
There's not many days go by without us seeing a Kingfisher. But we still get so excited every time we see one and we saw this one as we travelled through Milton Keynes. After 3 hours cruising we are now moored at Giffard Park and we will have a day or two here ,then move on towards Wolverton to do our Christmas shop