Up at first light, the sky was red, a sign of things to come and we had to make sure we were first in line for the locks. They open at 08:00 but, of course, they were late, and then they started at the top letting four down first. I spoke to the lock keeper to book in TQ and asked about the pressure washing that was supposedly taking place and he knew nothing of it. TQ was booked in to be first up, but we had to wait for the four to come down. While waiting I was chatting to a very nice lady with an american accent, turns out she was from Israel, I would never have guessed that. She's with family friends on a Canal Club boat, and are heading toward Gayton. Through the locks and by Bridge 60 it started raining and slowly became heavier and heavier. We stopped for lunch, as by now the rain was incessant, and the Canal Club boat passed us undeterred by the weather. We thought we might catch them up later in the afternoon, but we kept going 'til 17:30 and we still hadn't seen them.
We're moored near Bridge 27, and it's still raining. Never mind, chilli-con-carne for tea, good and hearty.
Sorry there's no piccies today, the weather has been abysmal.
Getting ready to get ready for the festival
3 hours ago