Saturday, 14 June 2008

Back in Peterborough.

1 Lock, 6 miles now moored at Peterborough

As today was market day in Whittlesey the girls went to see what was on offer but were back on board very quickly as the market only consisted of 5 stalls. We had read that this market was of no great consequence due to its proximity to Peterborough.

Even though we were not booked to go through Stanground lock until 2pm we set off just after 11am which gave us plenty of time.The weather was slightly better than yesterday but there was a chilly wind blowing. It was an uneventful cruise and we reached Stanground lock just after 12.30. Madam lock keeper was already on hand and she was quite happy for us to go straight through. We learnt that she had taken over the job from her father who had done the job for 55 years and at 77 years of age he was still on hand helping his daughter. It also transpired that she had lots of cousins living in New Zealand. Their parents had emigrated to NZ but once the children were old enough Mum and Dad returned to Peterborough because Dad missed the football (soccer). Obviously not a Rugby man.

We have a busy week-end ahead of us with the Saturday market first on the list, followed by a visit to the East of England Show ( copy cat Sue) and then going out to dinner with my cousin Pam and family. Sunday we will move up to Ferry Meadows to see what the moorings are like up there. It's just as well we are settled in for the night as it is now pouring with rain, I hope this doesn't create more flooding and disrupt our plans again!

1173 locks, 1711½ miles, 41 Tunnels, 41 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006


Del and Al said...

Hi Derek & Dot
Glad to see your still getting through your busy life style. Have a great time at the show..
Just a note to say that someone has told us that the Derwent6 link does not work on your blog? Don't know why! Keep well and have fun

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Del and Al, sorry about the link it is all fixed now. Glad the build is coming along, bet you are getting exited, wont be long before we see you on the cut. take care Dot