We pulled pins from our mooring at Grafton Regis at 07.45 and had ahead of us a cruise of about 6 hours to Fenny Stratford . Reaching Cosgrove and we were lucky to get a hand down the lock by a working party that were restoring the Buckingham arm.http://www.buckinghamcanal.org.uk/. Its no doubt a thankless task , but they are working their way to re opening the arm .
Then at Target Turn after passing through Bradwell we met up with our friend Gary on his Coal/Diesel boat Ascot. We had 12 bag’s of Excel coal from him at the very reasonable price . We haven’t seen Gary for sometime ,so it was good to have a good old natter. Yet again we always try and use the coal/diesel boats in the area we are travelling through, they are there all year round and are always there to help us out in the Winter months when the going gets a bit more difficult due to bad Weather and stoppages.
After a good and most enjoyable 6 hour cruise we managed to pick up a mooring before the lock. Not 2 minutes after mooring and Carolyn had her backpack on and was off up the shops. Hour’s later she returned with a backpack full of bargains…………………………. Well that’s what she told me !! Happy Days