I had to be in Derby for 4.00pm last Thursday and we could't do it by public transport, so it meant a small diversion into Braunston to pick up a hire car. We left NB Beefur at Long Itchingdon on Monday and Sue and Dave kindly locked us up the Stockton flight.
I love this imaginative dedication in the seat back at the top lock, but it is in need of a bit of paint and varnish now.
Sue and Dave kindly gave me their long handled windlass for the big worm screw lock paddles and then we said goodbye, leaving them to return down the flight for their breakfast - I waited long enough for them to get most of the way back before realising that I had left the windlass at the top lock and ringing them. So they went all the way back up again, but it wasn't there.
The last 3 (Calcutt) Locks were in our favour and the boat coming up behind us had 'our' windlass. So we hung a left towards Braunston and bumped straight into Gosty Hill
So we stopped for fuel (87p per litre) and a catch up; pausing to admire the new crew member who was found by NB Waterlilly and adopted by Alison and Ian
A bit further on the hedgerow had been absolutely massacred with all the debris strewn along the towpath
Not funny trying to get passed with two dogs
Passing the pretty church at Lower Shuckburgh
We moored up by bridge 103 for a couple of nights - we had the place pretty much to ourselves, whereas further up (at Fox's Gate) it's usually pretty busy.
Another lovely day