Another wet windy day but unlike yesterday the wind appeared to come from the north and was colder. We left our overnight mooring and travelled through Nuneaton. Lots of allotments with fine sets of leeks growing and the odd gardener turning over the soil. 

Hartshill Wharf
Bluebell wood near Atherstone

We got to Atherstone just as the rain started, took on water and then went down the first part of the flight in heavy rain. The only redeeming grace was the other crews coming up the flight setting them for us and sharing the grief.

Maggie indicating that we are in Lock 2
- not that she doesn't like been photographed looking bedraggled

We managed to stop part way down the flight and have lunch. After that we only had showers. We met a duck with fourteen ducklings by Lock 7. They were delightful and not at all bothered by boats (or boaters).

Duck & fourteen ducklings enjoying a puddle at Lock 7, Atherstone Flight

Our overnight mooring is just before Polesworth at one of our favourite locations. We particularly remember mooring here in 1998 during a hot summer.