Saturday 7 June

Up bright and early.  Lovely morning and no sign of the forecasted rain.

Breakfasted, made a loaf of soda bread, and then went to book in with the lock-keeper to go up the flight.  He was setting the locks and adjusting water levels and said he’d be with us in a few minutes.

There was one boat at the top of the flight waiting to come down and we chatted with the owners about the advantages of white hair while we waited for the lock-keeper to finish his early morning checks!

The lock-keeper finally signed us in at 8am and agreed we would be one up and one down and cross over in the middle!  We exited the last of the ten locks at 8.45am and motored south.

At about 10am it began to rain, first just heavy mizzle but soon it began in earnest.   We motored on until mid-day when I pulled into the side for a coffee, lunch and a dry out.

By 1pm the rain had stopped and we set off again and as we motored the sun came out and we made it to Yelvertoft marina in time to fill up with diesel.

We continued on to Crick (the first canal side village for miles around)  and I cycled off to the shop to buy the Saturday Daily Telegraph – one of our weekly treats – the cryptic crossword in the main paper and the general knowledge crossword and other puzzles in the Weekend Section.   Disappointment ensued though as the Weekend Section was missing and they only had one paper left!

Struggling to get a signal for wifi and telephones.

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