Up and away by 9am. We stopped at Rushey Lock to empty the cassettes and dispose of the rubbish only the bin was locked! We debated about just dumping the rubbish but thought better of it. Rushey Lock was on self service and it was a nice easy descent.
The Lock Keeper was on at Shifford again. I asked him why the rubbish bin was locked at Rushey and he said that it is something to do with access. The lorry can’t get down or something. At least it wasn’t Covid!
Northmoor Lock had a Lockie working and we shared the lock with a hire boat. The Lockie suddenly realised that the bow rope on the hire boat was tied, he soon sorted that out. He went to check to stern and I heard him say, “can you hold the rope” and the answer was “I’ve got my foot on it as it is hard to hold a rope and my phone at the same time”!!
|This photo is from Where Thames Still Waters Glide|
I was subsequently told it was the last time it 'sailed', which was not surprising. As you can see from this scanned print, my attached photo was obviously taken with the ferryman using a rope to pull the ferry across to our landing.