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Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.


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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Topside Lock to between Sewer Lock No.58 and Bridge No.145.

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Travelled 1 miles, worked 3 locks in a time of 1 hour 10 minutes.

An incredibly cold start to the day, with the temperature having dropped to –4.7 C over night. We woke to trains roaring along the railway track opposite us and a wind blowing an icy gale. Whilst we enjoyed a cup of tea in bed, I got the back cabin stove going to warm up a rather chilly cabin, not even Marmite stayed on the side bed because it was cold.

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With both fires stoked up, a chicken put in the back cabin stove to cook, Paddy walked and breakfast eaten it was time to head off at 9.20 am.

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With the wind gusting across the canal it meant for some nifty manouvering of the boat on Keith’s behalf, to get into Top Side Lock.

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On some of the locks bottom paddles there are notices requesting that locks are left empty and a bottom paddle left up and this was the same at Bottom Side Lock.

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At Sewer Lock it was so cold there were icicles hanging from the gates, but definitely no lack of water on the Grand Union Canal.

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We moored up having exited Sewer Lock, behind us is Jac and Les on NB Valerie. Jac invited us in for coffee once we were moored up. Our problem was finding a deep enough mooring, the only place was in front of them. We had a lovely coffee with Jac and a chat, then Les came back from his bus trip into Hemel Hempstead. We are going to be seeing them again lately.

Just a short jaunt today, but still very enjoyable in the cold conditions.

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