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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