Lovely sunshine greeted us again this morning but they heat has gone. It was too hot for us but we could do with it being a little warmer – there is no pleasing some people!
The boatyard opposite us was busy this morning with boats coming out of the water and lots of banging and drilling going on!
We left our mooring and headed back down river to Rye House Junction but this time went down the bottom of the “Y” of the Navigation and into Feilde’s Weir Lock. Field’s/Feilde’s Weir Lock was also “unofficially” known as Rattie’s Lock, named after Samuel Rattee, the Lock keeper there for 37 years from 1841 until he died on 8th November 1878. His name is phonetically perpetuated in the name of the road which leads from Hoddesdon to the lock – Ratty’s Lane.
|Feilde's Weir Lock|
There we met a lady who told us that there had been police all over the towpath at Broxbourne last night where a hire boat had been stolen and crashed and other boats had had their ropes cut. There was even a Police helicopter. We were going to moor at Broxbourne but changed our minds!
In the end we only went as far as the top of Dobbs Weir Lock where we have a lovely view of a lake which is the home of the Broxbourne Sailing Club.
This part of the navigation has been really busy this afternoon – we haven’t really seen much traffic on either the Lee or the Stort so why it is so busy today I don’t know.
I spent the afternoon researching new bits for the boat as we are re-doing the kitchen in the winter and changing the internal colour scheme. When we get home there should be lots of samples waiting for me!