We left Braunston and headed up the North Oxford towards Rugby. At the first of the Hillmorton locks we had an incident that reminded us to stay alert at all times.
Our front button fender caught on the top of the lock gate without us noticing and as Storm raised the paddles the back of the boat dipped backwards. A frantic shout from me spurred Storm to drop the paddles and race to the other end of the lock to let some water through. The boat by now had freed itself to the sound of broken crockery. Thankfully there was no serious damage done and we only lost one tumbler and a side plate, but it shook us up a bit.
If you look at our button fender you would wonder how we got stuck as it has lost most of its padding and you’d expect the chains to break first under the strain of 16 tonnes of boat.
Anyway we reached our destination safely and here we’ll stay until next week as we’re heading to Chester to celebrate Summer’s second birthday.