Travelled 8.8 miles, worked 1 locks in a time of 3 hours.
Brrrrrr what a cold start to the end of May. Before leaving the boat with Paddy for his walk, I relit the back cabin stove, because it was a tad parky.
We left the mooring at 8.45am with only a short jaunt to Welford. The breeze was getting up along the way and the rain began spit spotting as well, which was all forecast, so we were not surprised. As the rain fell steadily, I made us a warming coffee to help keep the chilly wind out. It was hardly surprising that we saw few boats on the move.
We arrived at the junction at 11.10am and turned right in to the Welford Arm. By the time we reached Welford Lock, it was throwing it down with rain and blowing a gale, so it was just as well we were mooring up above the lock.
Moored up and the boat closed up against the weather, I made us some lunch and put a joint of stuffed Lamb in the back cabin stove to cook slowly. Due to the wind the stove fire is working over time, so I have gone back to house coal, which does not burn so hot. I cannot see us doing much for the rest of the day, I am quite happy sitting out this dreadful weather. They say that Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be better, so we will see.