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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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