I got a bit of a fright when I opened the side hatch this morning! I had some bread, so they were happy. And, yes, swans are allowed to eat bread.
The Lock Keeper was on duty at Pinkhill Lock for our fifth trip through this year. He has a very bouncy Cockapoo (Riley) who used to be by his side all the time but maybe he has become a bit of a liability now, however he came out to say hello as he was on his way for a walk.
|The lovely plant pots at Pinkhill Lock|
We had a quick pit stop at Bablock Hythe to post a couple of birthday cards then carried on to Northmoor Lock. We shared Northmoor with a motor cruiser, but an old fashioned type of one with a sliding roof. We just managed to get both boats in the lock as Ivory Gem is as wide as the lock!
Richard had planned to stop at New Bridge, but we knew that the mooring isn’t good as the bank is so high. There is one nice spot, but Ivory Gem had got there before us. Richard really shouldn’t have been so nice and let them go before us after we came out of Northmoor Lock first! We debated about going on a bit, but it was beginning to drizzle, so we moored up against the high bank. I decided that I really didn’t need to be going up a 60° gangplank so I stayed put.
It was a very lazy afternoon with mostly reading and a short snooze!