Newly refurbished coal & fuel boat at Weedon
Floating arbour at Whilton - it used to be a dinghy
The locks have had some maintenance done on them over the winter but operating them you wouldn't know. The gates are as heavy and difficult to operate as always. The third and fourth locks in particular are pigs! The bottom gates are very heavy to move and the top gates won’t stay shut! Do those specifying and carrying out maintenance ever operate the locks?
Locking in a hailstorm on the Buckby Flight
Arrived at the moorings just below the top lock at Norton Junction at around 1:30 and called it a day, we aren’t due into Braunston until tomorrow. The weather then cheered up but as we got towards evening the heavy rain returned. We took the opportunity to polish the internal brass. Got the engine looking good – with lots of elbow grease.
Couldn’t resist an evening meal in the New Inn. We both had gammon – large portions so a doggy bag came in handy. It was cosy in the pub with a large game of Northamptonshire skittles (hood skittles according to Wikipedia) in progress. Good to see the pub busy after its recent closure.