An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Basingstoke update (10)

The Leonard Leigh wooden tug
Christopher James at the top of
Deepcut
The pound between 28 and 27
is full to overflowing (almost)
 I decided to go to the volunteer day in Deepcut today as the work on Brookwood bottom lock was coming to  close and the contractor's Health and Safety man was visiting this morning and the last thing they would have needed was an 'old' girl walking round with a camera!

Deepcut is filling with water very fast now and at long last it looks like a flight of locks again although the upper gates are still to be fitted to Locks 25 and 24 - one gate, I understand, was sent back to the manufacturers due to a knot in the heel post.

The pound between 26 and 25 is
also full
Almost all of Deepcut now has at least some water in it and I suppose now is the time the BCA will be looking at the infrastructure to see if there are any areas of concern.

I feel that boaters have a moral responsibility to use the canal and as such Byfleet Boat Club are intending to visit Brookwood (proper and not Brookwood Country Park) between Christmas and New Year (2012!) and to use Deepcut at Easter 2013 (29/30/31-March and 01-April). That should give the BCA adequate time to review and resolve any issues found in Deepcut.  I hope and expect any issues found can be dealt with on the basis of a short (hopefully) stoppage period rather than reverting to closing the entire flight again.

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