Claire arrived at about 10am this morning with Brian our other Grandson and took George away home. This one is bigger and stronger so can work locks.
We slipped our moorings at 10 30 am and the pound had dropped about 10” overnight, we had hoped to fill with water but there were two boats already at the water point so we carried on to the Marsworth flight. The Chilton Branch of IWA where holding a lock ransom to raise money for the Wendover Arm restoration. A boat had just left the lock and they offered to wait at the next one for us, when we caught them up we had a good idea why the pound was down this morning. Yesterday evening a single handed wide beam came up, he was now ahead of us not only leaving the top gates open but also the paddles up. We continued up the flight meeting a few boats on the way, all the levels were good including the Tring summit. We both stopped for water just above the top of the flight, as we left the water point I caught my second fisherman of the week, he thought it would be OK just to dip the end of his rod in the water, wrong, he was soon paying out line before his tackle came free. We only went another 500mt before stopping for lunch.
I often hear of people having generators pinched ether off their boats or right beside them so as you can imagine I was quite surprised to see this site, it looks as if a boater has just moved off for some reason and left all their worldly goods laying there.
We dropped through Cowroast lock alone but were lucking in a boat coming up as we left, at Dudswell top we had to wait for a community wide beam boat to come up before we dropped down and moored in the pound for the night.