We've not had "Sickle" back "home" again for very long at all - and it's time to start the next trip.
|Waiting for Cosgrovve lock - should have shut that hatch!|
Anyway we really need to be there tomorrow, evening, (Friday). In normal circumstances, being only a day from "Sickle's" home mooring, we would have travelled on Friday morning, but the restrictions on lock usage are still in place on many of the flights on the Southern Grand Union, meaning you can't go into them any later than mid-afternoon. Hence, once again we are boating in the rain today, to place ourselves comfortably near, for a leisurely day tomorrow.
|"Tug No 2" actually offers considerable extra living space.|
Inevitably just as we got to the one shallow lock at Cosgrove the heavens opened - it could have been a good idea to pull the cabin slide over as you got off the boat, Cath! Anyway that has left us close enough to Stoke Bruerne we don't need to get any wetter today. We are moored just in front of one of my other favourite tugs, on its way to the same event - Stewarts and Lloyds "Tug No 2", which stated life as Grand Union Canal Carrying Co "Algol", but has for many years been cut to a similar 40 foot length to "Sickle", (another boat I first photographed, and coveted, almost 40 years ago).
Fenny Stratford to Cosgrove
Miles: 11.8, Locks:1