(Retrospective post for Wednesday 14th June to Friday 16th June.
As promised, at least some pictures from the period from early June until mid August when the blog has remained unupdated.
This trip should have featured both "Sickle" and "Flamingo", but the failure of "Sickle's" gearbox after we left the Rickmansworth Festival meant a complete revision of our plans, at it was left South for several weeks until repairs could be carried out. We had hoped to take both boats to the Foxton Locks Festival, and then onwards from there to the Braunston Historic Boat Gathering.
We could now either still take both boats to Braunston, but cancel plans for Foxton, or could do both Foxton and Braunston with "Flamingo", but make no attempt to get "Sickle" to either. Having not been up the Leicester in many years, we elected to do the latter.
Given that Cath and I have not been up the Leicester in years, and that the last time I did it in an historic bit was about 1971, I'm surprised how few photos we took. I suppose that is because there are few locks, and much of the time was spent crossing the summit, (often very shallow!), so unless someone got off with a camera, most of it goes unrecorded - a lot of our photos do feature locks, of course!
|We were made to wait a very long while before being allowed into Watford locks.|
|Not that Cath is one to miss a chance for music practice!|
|Finally we are allowed in.|
|Ordinary locks at the bottom before coming to the staircase.|
|Max and Odin are being encouraged to wait quietly at locks.|
|Approaching the staircase.|
|On our way up the staircase.|
|Ascent can be quite brisk once you are finally in the staircase.|
|The pounds to the side carry out the function those not present between the locks.|
|At Foxton, having failed to take photos on the long summit.|
|At Foxton looking towards the lock flight.|
Wednesday 14th June to Friday 16th June
High House Wharf to Foxton Locks
Total Trip Miles: 29.3, Locks: 14