August 4th 2011 what happened to the sun

This morning we left Hungerfield at around 10:00am in light rain and very overcast conditions,although the temperature remained warm. The plan was to get to Rugby by lunch time and visit the the large Tesco store close to bridge 58. All was going to plan until we reached Rugby, and, with the rain now heavy most boats had moored up to take respite from the weather so moorings were at a premium. We did manage to find one spot past bridge 59 so it was out with the mallet to hammer in the mooring pins and tie up. The visit to Tesco was succesful and we returned to the boat for lunch but whilst we were having lunch a boat came past rather fast and managed to get our mooring pins to break free from the soft bank , so we decided to move on and the rain continued to fall. By the time we arrived at  the flight of three locks at Hillmorton the sun was shining.  The locks where very busy and we were number 5 in line, and yes while waiting the heavens opened with very heavy rain to see us through the locks. Once through we carried on for about an hour with rain easing we moored at the bottom of Barby hill.

steering in the rain

queuing for the locks or dredging the canal

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