Friday, October 30, 2009

Some break in's here! (inc fishing line)

We woke up this morning to bright sunshine again but also with the news that five boats had been broken into here and a car stolen. Nice area we thought... all six of us never heard anything. The guy Pete at the old lock keepers cottage was waiting for the police to turn up, and low and behold two hours later they did. We were just lucky we suppose and we thought we had better move on. It was a lovely day and the scenery just got better with the trees really starting to turn. We passed Posh & Beck's England home, but only just managed to get a glimpse of the house. The canal goes right around the grounds. We were cleaning the prop every quarter of a mile with a quick flick in reverse but it was only leaves. We made our way through some really low bridges with millimetres to spare but we made it through with out having to remove anything. We went through the village of Sawbridgeworth where Steve decided to go tree fishing and caught his line in a tree by the lock with loads of people watching. Here is a old picture of the lock cottage at Sawbridgeworth and then our photo of how it looks today and the date over the door. We then moored up for lunch and within minutes Derwent6 was covered in leaves. We watched a wedding go past on a wide beam boat and it looked like they were having a good time. Steve was giving tuition to some women who were out walking, on how to use a lock windlass.

The canal gets a bit shallower and a bit narrower and we get towards the terminus.We got into Bishop's Stortford at around 3.00pm and were surprised at the lack of boats in the basin. In fact we had not seen many boats all day, and the basin moorings didn't look like they were used very much. We had a look around and found the we were right along side a shopping centre and on the other side of us was a bowling alley, a cinema, Ummm and a couple of night clubs.... Well if this was Friday night we don't want to be hanging around here on Saturday night. It was all ok but we did have a lot of drunk kids walking along the towpath until late. We did all go to Pizza Hut for something to eat and then onto the pictures where Del and Steve went to see Saw VI. The girls watched a DVD inside cosy Derwent6. Saying all this we did have quite a quiet night. It's tiring work this canal boating lark!!!!

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