Thursday, 1 May 2014

Raining Cats and dogs

today rain was forecast and we had 11 lock to go down so we  started  about 7.30 and after a hour we where at Atherstone top lock and headed down still no sign of the rain which is good
 on the way down we saw that some of the ground paddles have dates on them one dated 1914
which is 100 years old and the start of the Great war

this is the oldest one we saw 1870 which makes it 144 years old and still in good condition shame the other paddle was not working and the gates did not leak

 also you can see in these photo the rope cuts in the brickwork and stone from the ropes they used from the motor to the butty


when coming out of one lock we saw these lovely colourful plants not sure what some are put lovely colour



 we got down the lock and still no rain we carry on a bit , soon we were going pass Grendon dock
only a couple of boats here today one ready for renovation
 not sure the name of this butty

saw this and laugh
 
 



we saw these lovely bluebell woods

 
just after this we moor up lucky we did as it started raining
 Tina took these it was raining very heavy




 
 

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