We didn’t set off until gone 11am as Dot and Gordon wanted to go and have a quick look at the Castle (Gatehouse). We set off first and used the services and just as we were finishing Ewh ha Cul appeared. Down through Hertford Lock and on to Ware Lock where Muffin had a near nasty incident when he got off the boat in the lock with his lead on and got caught round the lock steps. He ended up almost being strangled and I was so glad that we keep a harness on him when we are cruising as I’m sure if his lead had been attached to his collar it could have been very nasty.
At Hardmead Lock a foreign chap on a bike came up and muttered something about tobacco. Gordon said that he didn’t have any but the chap said that he was selling it!! Strange things do happen on the waterways! We moored up at Standstead Nature Reserve again and had lunch.
Dot and Gordon have a problem with Ewn ha Cul. When they moored up Gordon noticed oil on top of the gear box which had spurted out of the dipstick cap. After research he thinks there was a blockage in the breather which he has blown out so we will see what happens tomorrow. He has also noticed that his brand new propeller has another bent blade! It’s not as bad as last time by any means but it is still damaged.
|Stanstead Nature Reserve|
Richard did a bit of painting this afternoon while I watched from my chair on the picnic area. Next thing I woke up! Goodness knows how long I was asleep for.
We sat out on the towpath for a while in the evening with Dot. Gordon was busy taking his frustrations out on some knotting!!
|An old Hertford Castle gate (borrowed from Google)|
|The old Castle circa 1812 (borrowed from Google)|