We were woken by the dawn chorus and the Rookery which was beside the boat. Listening to the Rooks was really amazing. They were having quite a conversation.
Before I go on about today. To end yesterday’s wonderful cruise, we went to the Tom o’the Wood pub, which is beautiful. A nice pint of Doobar was enjoyed in the pub garden.
Early evening and a familiar sound pulled alongside us. It was Kate and Bob on NB Glenfield. After a lovely chat they decided to pull in at our bow and spend the night.
Ok back to today. Having been woken by the Rook’s, we lay in bed with a cuppa. The sound of Glendfield’s engine starting up, silenced the Rooks. Bob and Kate set off just after 6 am for their cruise to do Hatton Locks.
Once we were up, Paddy got his morning stroll. He is certainly enjoying lots of new smells and the freedom of the towpath, although he does not spend much time off his lead.
It was so calm that the reflections were glorious.
Having set off we turned on to the Stratford Canal at 9.15 am and we had wall to wall sunshine.
With the locks now being single, I got to play at the tiller.
Keith took over lock wheeling, so I could have a play. I am getting much better at taking Hadar in and out of locks. It is like everything it gets better with practice.
We had a wonderful climb up the flight, with boats coming down.
At times it was a little tight, but with some instruction this boater got it right.
We are now moored up above the top lock at Lapworth.