Saturday, 6 February 2016

Home at last!

Friday 5 February 2016 The last lap (10miles, 4 locks)

Our first job today was to fill up with diesel at West Stockwith. Mick Ogden was available, so John moved the boat across the basin next to the lock gates, where the diesel pump is situated. Mick has recently taken over supplying diesel, and is the only source on the Chesterfield canal at the moment. 70.something pence was the price without tax, which was ok.

Today was supposed to be the best day this week: While cool and a bit breezy, at least it was dry with sunny intervals. The dark clouds didn't presage rain, for us at least.

Misterton village has seen house building next to the canal and its two locks, and looks smart. We like the local butchers and decent co-op opposite, a short walk from the canal.

A swan insisted on swimming just in front of Annie for a mile.

Shaw Lock and Gringley Lock were the last two today
Liana enjoying the sun at Shaw Lock

Shaw Lock

using a long centre rope and two bollards works well with wide locks

a pleasant setting at Gringley Lock

Through Drakeholes tunnel, we noticed that CRT have removed three trees from the moorings, where Retford and Worksop Boat Club members have a weekend BBQ in the summer.

Home at last! Ian and Peter kindly helped us moor, and Ian drove us back to West Stockwith to collect our car. A pleasant evening with Ian & Carole, Bryan, Alan & Debs and a few others finished off the day.

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