We pulled pins at 11.00 on Sunday morning and headed to the winding hole (turning point) opposite the entrance to the Willow wren hire centre. It was then back to the Brownsover moorings and we moored on the opposite side to get rid of rubbish and the best boating job of all , empty the toilet cassettes.
Typical , Just as we were making the first cuppa of the day the gas ran out. No problem we thought as Clifton cruisers is only a short distance away so we could fill up with diesel and get a new bottle of gas. But as usual boats were moored on their wharf 2 deep . There was no way i was going to struggle and carry gas bottles over 2 boats, so we will take our business elsewhere.
After filling with water at one of the slowest water points on the system below Hillmorton , Carolyn prepares the bottom lock . All of the locks at Hillmorton are in pairs. As it was a busy flight of locks it speeded up the time through the locks back in the good old days when canals ruled.
I'm glad to report that Hamish is now getting a spring back in his step after the loss of Molly. And he is so proud of his new coat that Carolyn has bought for him. Doesn't he look good ?. Well Carolyn thinks he looks good , but i am not so sure.