Pulling ropes through rings in Nottingham and it wasn't long before we spotted this mad Kiwi walking along the towpath. It is of course friend Marilyn from NB waka Huia . Unfortunately we only had time for a quick chat with her and David before we said our goodbyes.One day we will eventually meet up for a drink and a bite to eat .
Leaving the Beeston and Nottingham canal Carolyn locks us back onto the river Trent . With plenty of fresh (rain water) it should be fun heading back up towards Shardlow.
What a great sight . A steam boat cruising down the river Trent.
With the day becoming a lot better we pass the entrance to the Erewash canal.
In the distance you can see Sawley locks which are a pair of automated locks.
This is a first for us . There has been a lot of rain over the last few days and Sawley flood locks have been put in to operation .The river Trent has gone onto yellow boards so we have to negotiate this lock which we have never had to do before when we have been here.
Straight ahead of us we have the entrance to the Trent at Mersey canal which Carolyn cant wait to get on as she will be off the river.As we enter the canal we got buffeted from the flow from the river Derwent from the right and the river Trent from the left which was a great bit of fun.
With no moorings available in Shardlow we carried on for a couple of miles and picked up this mooring . With the weather forecast predicting high winds we will be well sheltered here below the lock.