7.1 miles, 5 locks in 3hrs 50mins.
Having enjoyed the pint in the Tom O the Wood and settled in for the evening with a good book, bedtime called and we both slept like logs. All the lock work and fresh air did us the power of good. I sat reading my new book 'The Narrowboat Girls' written by Rosie Archer, until I could not read anymore. The book so far is ok. It is about four women who take over the boats, whilst the men join the war effort. Each of the women has left behind a difficult time in their lives and have come together to help with the war effort. I have already picked some of it apart, to do with the direction the boats are heading in to get from London to Birmingham and back again and the words used for the boatmen and women, plus the use of the word Barge for a narrowboat. I of course realise it is just a book and so there is a certain amount of poetic licence, but when you know what they are writing is wrong, it does grate somewhat.
Anyway, after an excellent nights sleep and a cuppa to start the day, whilst listening to the radio, we were up and about. I re-lit the back cabin stove and made a mince beef curry, which would spend its time cooking in the back cabin stove oven. Keith rang Canal and River Trust to find out if the Hockley Bridge was back open, because they were supposed to update their webpage yesterday (Friday), but there was nothing updated this morning. he was told they did not know anything, because the webpage has not been update. Yes we know that, we were hoping you would have more information, but clearly not. So we took the decision to not go Lapworth way, but instead carry on up the Grand Union to Catherine de Barnes.