July 7th 2011 last minute change of plan

The plan today was to go down the Coventry canal and make our way to Northampton, but with news from home about our house sale we have to return to Suffolk. So an early start this morning as we have decided to head back to Mercia marina and leave the boat there.  We called them around 9am to book Shell Bell in. The journey today would be around 14 miles with twelve locks. The weather was changable to say the least. After a good start we came to the first lock -Woods End, and as Bruce from narrowboat ‘Sanity Again’  had stated in his blog yesterday, it was shut for repair.  Joining the queue of three boats we were informed that the work had gone well and the lock would be open in around an hour. Well done to the guys from BW.

The offending log that had got jammed in the paddle

 After that hold up our progress was good through Fradley then Alrewas where Sanity  Again was moored we didn’t get a chance to say hello to Bruce and Sheila as the rain was coming down in buckets. Onward we went through thunder and lightning and a really heavy shower of rain by the time we reached our overnight mooring at Branston water park the sun had broken through and it has been a lovely evening. Willington tomorrow and make plans to return to Bungay on Saturday.

coming into Alrewas in the rain

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