We went to bed early last night, the fresh air always seems to make us tired! We were both snug as a bug, Sarah even had the hot water bottle out just in case it got a bit chilly later.
The next morning dawned bright and sunny. We had a lazy start to the day, only casting off shortly after 10am, but what a lovely start to the day it was.
The sun came and went, playing hide and seek with us. When it was out it was T-shirt weather, when it went into hiding the jumpers came out. We are just softie southerners though!
Sarah did plenty of helming, and soon had her mojo. Unlike some other boaters who have given this bridge a bit of a battering over the years.
The canals were crazy busy, with boat after boat passing us in the opposite direction, and boats both behind and in front of us too. I’d thought we might find things quieter after the junction with the Grand Union at Napton Junction, but not a bit of it. We reached the bottom of the Napton flight to find a queue of four boats in front of us (two of them single handed), and it took us over an hour to get in the first lock. We then got out of that to find three boats still waiting to get into the next lock – no chance of us reaching top lock by it’s 4pm closing time then! The vlokie mentioned that Timmy and Pru (Timothy West and Prunela Scales) are about 9 boats in front of us, we hope to see them, although we’ll be keeping well out of the way with Timmy’s steering!
Luckily the sun stayed out most of the time and it was a lovely day to just relax and take our time. The boat got a bit of a cursory clean whilst waiting, as poor Oliver was looking pretty filthy after 9 months on his lonesome.
We passed a field of water buffalo, looking rather morose in their field. Luckily they didn’t have access to the canal, wouldn’t fancy meeting one of them head on!
We moored up just after 5pm, a few locks back from the summit. We’re expecting more queues tomorrow, with the top lock opening at 10am due to water shortages, and a load of boats in front of us, so a good excuse for a lazy morning again!
I’ve made some sourdough ready to go in the oven tomorrow morning. Can’t beat the smell of freshly baked bread first thing, yum!
Dinner was Beef Massaman (one we made earlier!), with pudding yet to be voted on 🙂