19th August 2011 Locked out

What a differance a day makes, the rain had gone and the sun was shining. We queued for about an hour to start our descent down Foxton locks. These staircase locks have two paddles per lock one red,one white and you open the red first followed by the white this allows water to be used from the side ponds thus saving water. Saving water- well we have found out the stretch of canal we are on between Foxton and Leicester has restrictions on the use of the locks. Due to water shortages the locks can only be used between 10:00am and 2.00pm, after this they are padlocked shut!!!  Today we arrived at the first lock at 3:00pm as we stopped to do some shopping in Fleckney on route, Thus we  had to moor up for the day and wait until 10:00am tomorrow before we can continue. Needless to say it is very quiet with no boats on the move and it looks like most people are avoiding the area but we have to carry on and make our way north to Mercia Marina. Tomorrow we will only be able to cruise for four hours and we won’t have time to clear all the locks.

locked out literally
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  • Trevor Gallivan  On August 21, 2011 at 7:20 am

    At last, I’ve managed to connect to your site properly. Being technically challenged has meant I’ve been following your travels, but have n’t been able to leave a message. It certainly appears as though things are going well. You are getting close to the luxury bathroom in Newark. Hopefully now I’m connected I can organise meeting up for lunch at some point.
    All the best
    Trevor

    • Norwyn & Sheila  On August 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      Hi Trevor great to hear from and I am so pleased you have been following the travels,things are going well but would love to catch up with you, do you still call at Clays, we are currently just south of Leicester making our way north will give you a ring and catch up in the next few days
      Norwyn

  • Trevor Gallivan  On August 22, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Yes still calling there. I see Andy regularly as we are supplying again at least for the time being, as nothing is certtain nowdays. Still all in all, things are going well. Look forward to catching up. All the best. Trevor

  • Reggie  On August 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Big enthusiast from this blog, lots of your articles have really helped me out. Awaiting up-dates!

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