Day 115 – I can Hear Clearly Now…..

….the wax has gone! Yey, all the fizzing in my ear from the drops worked, this morning I felt a pop and then I heard all this background noise that has passed me by for the last couple of days .

We paid our overnight mooring fees (£6 per night) and a pump out (£15). I was chatting to Ian who runs the place on a day to day basis, sadly his wife has just been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. I think he was quite taken a back when I said I’ve got it too, I hope it gave him and his wife some hope that four years later, I’m still going strong and as grumpy as ever!

We said goodbye to Saltisford Arm, we were both quite surprised by the blue skies and how warm it was.

Toby wanted to do the locks, so I agreed to steer. I don’t think Toby realised they were the Hatton style with the paddles that seem to go on forever.

We passed through Leamington Spa which is never the most attractive canal town, we were both impressed with the mural. The green sign is for the Christian Bookshop, I can’t imagine anyone would deface it!

We nailed 12 locks today, I steered and Toby operated them – Toby does faff about though, and seems to take ages walking to the lock while I’m trying to keep the boat in a good position and not right across the canal.

We saw lots of boats going the other way, which worked to our advantage as all 12 locks were set in our favour. It seems to be the silver surfer retired folk, who are all leaving their base now the schools are back and heading up north – long may it continue!

The final two locks were a staircase pair, with the middle gates being quite leaky.

We reached the top and Toby had a celebratory Snickers ice cream. We soon moored up, although it took us a few attempts to get in, we knew it could be done as a boat ahead was snuggly tied on the bank. Third attempt, and after going past the moored boat, we managed to get in.