Thursday, 3 July 2008

Dredging? I Don't Think So!

10 Locks, 6 Miles. Now moored between Gees and Blue Bank locks.

8 am and we were under way again, not too long a journey as there is rain and possible thunder threatened for this afternoon. As we approached one lock there was a sign stating Land and Water were dredging up ahead and 30 minute delays possible. I thought that this might be too good to be true and so it was. Land and Water were there alright but they were only putting in pilings with the black mesh attached to secure the offside bank from further erosion. I knew it was too good to be true that some dredging was actually taking place.

Along the way Derek and Christina pointed out new housing that has sprung up since they were last here 3 years ago. We became unsure as to whether or not any country moorings would still exist so close to Leicester but we found this spot which appears to have been used by other boaters very recently.

At the last lock before mooring up we passed Bernard on Nb Sunshine who was stranded with us at Oxford for 3 weeks last year during the flooding. No sign of Kristine, perhaps she was still at work. Just time for a quick hello , good bye as there were boats following us and no room to stop. Funnily enough we had been talking about them a few minutes beforehand wondering if we would see them knowing that their home mooring was at Barrow on Soar.

1276 locks, 1840 miles, 43 Tunnels, 42 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

1 comment:

Jim said...

Yes, Kristine is still at work - and I should have been helping Bernard take Sunshine back to Oxford (they are optimists - or gluttons for punishment!) but I'm stuck at work as well. You've no idea how envious we part-time boaters get reading your blogs - but at least it keeps us in touch with the "cut".
NB Starcross (and ocassionally "Sunshine")