Monday, 22 October 2012

So, so near, yet so, so far ;0(

I went to rejoin the boats at Billing lock near Northampton, Glenda brought her Dad, George, to see them. Dave and I replaced two rotten water pipes that were causing the header to lose coolant.
Someone had passed through the lock earlier and told Dave and Gary that the river was now open, it was late afternoon and I decided to try to get to Wellingborough.
We set off breasted up but quickly found it too difficult to negotiate the tight bends, so after ending up in the bank, we put Christina on a long line and made good progress until we approached Cogenhoe Mill lock, Glenda had told me to check the book before setting off, but not why, if I had read the warning to keep left then we wouldn't have been dragged into the marina by the current caused by an open flood gate. It was all we could do to avoid bashing anyone's boats.
They told us there was still a red flag up and we shouldn't be moving. But Dave the site man said we could moor there until the flood subsided.
A huge thank you to all at the Cogenhoe Mill Marina & leisure complex and for the great welcome we received at the site's Crow's Nest Bar. ;0) This turned out to be fortuitous, the boats were now safely moored on a site with very friendly people, so Dave and Gary could finally return to Wales.
A big thank you to both of them for looking after our boats ;0)

Dinky Dave and Gary on our pontoon, spot the missing narrowboats!

Freyja and Christina moored in EA's Becketts Park Marina in Northampton.