Spring has sprung and it is time to set forth once more. Andy has two weeks’ annual leave (well almost – minus the one day the university chose to have a Very Important Meeting) and both of us could do with a break! So, we resolved to dawdle down the Grand Union Canal to nowhere in particular and back again. Gone are the destination timings and anxieties of last summer’s trip round the Leicester ring. Instead, the emphasis is on relaxation and slow travel, with some creative work too (roses, music).
We set off yesterday, after taking down the pram cover, checking the engine, filling the water tank, etc. etc. As you can see from the splendid photo above, the blossom is out and weather is not bad at all, although there is a chilly wind. That picture was taken at the bottom of the Watford flight. The one below shows us waiting at the top, with the M1 barely visible in the background.
The locking crew were waiting too. It took 40 minutes for the boat at the bottom to come up. Since these are single locks, this was necessary before we could descend
Everything is controlled by the Canal and River Trust volunteer lock-keeper, who has a little office by the top lock.
Next door is this useful facility:
And here is Peter the volunteer, talking to Cap’n Andy as the boat goes down…
Rosie oversees the procedure, watching concernedly as her home descends into the hole:
Rosie does have her uses. Here she is carrying the walkie-talkie, a proper comms-dog!
Before we reached the Watford Flight, we had to pass yet again through Crick tunnel. Here’s a photo showing that you can see all the way through to the end before you enter:
There were some pataphysical moments during the trip past Crick marina too…
So now we are moored up in a lovely spot in the middle of nowhere (somewhere north of Long Buckby and Norton Junction) and have enjoyed a day of doing not very much. Last night, Louise cooked this recipe for cheesy spinach bake. The comes highly recommended. Here is what it looked like before serving:
We had some for lunch today too. All gone now…