Friday 14 February

Happy Valentine’s Day.   We’ve returned to the boat today after four night’s away at Laura’s after she took pity on us sitting waiting for the lock to reopen.   Any excuse to see her, to go and play with Summer, have a bath and do some washing!   It was a relief to find the boat in tact after Wednesday night’s Code Red storm which was the wildest night I think I’ve ever experienced.  Amazingly even our  china man is still in place on the chimney.

The guys from Canal River Trust have offered us a passage through the lock at 10am tomorrow morning and we’ll be ready and waiting.   Hopefully, Birmingham, here we come – fingers crossed!

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