Thursday, 7 June 2012

Watching river levels.

The rain on Sunday kept us in doors, it hardly stopped all day. On the bright side we watched the river pageant on tele, unlike those poor people who had camped all night for a good view from a London bridge. Blue sky greeted us Monday morning and the forecast was good. Around nine thirty we left Langley Mill on our return journey. As we entered the lock a boat that had moored below the lock left just ahead of us. At the second lock they were just leaving,so we refilled the lock and followed them. This would be a long day if we didn't catch them,our luck was in they had seen us at the second lock and waited for us. The boat was Sun Mist,the couple Clare and Graham. We did eleven locks with them down to Sandiacre. It was a good morning,it's always nice to have company on large locks and swap stories of life on the canal. We stayed the night at Sandiacre while Clare and Graham continued their journey to Trent Lock as they had to be back at Stenson Marina on Tuesday,that's the problem when you have to work. Tuesday we returned to Trent Lock and moored, our excursion up the Erewash complete. In the afternoon we walked along Cranfield Cut to Cranfield lock, where we will join the Trent to Beeston lock. The water level at the lock was on the line between Green and Amber, not a good sign. Where you join a river section the water level is shown on a scale from green through Amber to red. If red you should stay put until it drops, at Amber you can proceed with caution,although I wouldn't go until green. More rain on Tuesday evening didn't look good for river levels. We decided to have a night out on Wednesday then move Thursday morning. Walking into the first pub we were told there was a power cut so none of the pumps were working,we walked to the next pub on the way we met more people who said the power cut was all over the area,we were just about to return to the boat when we noticed the lights had come back on. In the end we had a nice night out visiting both pubs. This morning it was raining again so we look like staying put,unless it clears,watch this space.

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