Sunday, September 23
We took our friends the Peets, who live in Bedford and used to live in Northants, on a short trip to Cosgrove on Sunday. We had our usual Sunday lunch at the Navigation Inn, Cosgrove. We moored up at the pub next to Chris Allin and Maggie and chatted about old times; we all have mutual friends. Chris organises the music nights at the Navigation as well as appearing at other local venues.
Juliet & Mike Peet had recently been boating on the Monmouth & Brecon Canal. They had hired a Beacon Park wide beam boat with a four-poster bed and a hot tub in the bows. Very luxurious! Albert can't match the hot tub but we can provide the four-poster bed. (Although technically it only has one complete post!)
At Cosgrove Lock
Crossing the Ouse
Crossing the Iron Trunk never fails to impress people new to that stretch of the canal. Although its short, it crosses high above the river and the lack of a towpath on the western side makes it look exciting.
Crossing the Iron Trunk, Cosgrove
The weather turned as we came back. It appears that autumn is here. We returned to Yardley in a rain shower.
PS When searching for a link for the Navigation Inn to add to this blog, they don't have a web site, I found an interesting local history site that carries a poignant newspaper report from the Bucks Standard concerned with child labour on the canals. It appears a 13 year-old girl drowned at the bridge by the Navigation in December 1896 when working on a boat. They held the inquest at the pub.