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.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Return from Brookwood

Phil with some of the duck weed we
pulled from Lock 14
It was only an overnight in Brookwood - we had a lovely evening at the Fox (Fox Corner, Worplesdon) but it did seem very strange to be moored outside my house and not sleeping inside!

It was a bit of a struggle getting to the first lock this morning because the canal was so full of leaf mould but the thing that really held us up (and amazed us) was the duck weed which jammed the first two boats (Aqua Vitae and Hazell Nut a 'short' boat at 50' and Aqua Vitae a longer boat at 60' in case we had issues with stuff behind the gates) between the lock walls. The duck weed was about 18 inches to 2 feet deep and was like concrete when squeezed between the side of a boat and the wall of the lock. It took us about an hour to free them up and send them on their way. We took the second two (Leo No2 and Winter Lilly) down singly although the duck weed had dispersed by then. It's been a bad year for duck weed but I think a lot of the issues we faced were just down to lack of use of a lovely canal.

We stopped in St Johns for a Cornish pastie (yummy) and then made short work of the St. Johns flight before making ourselves comfortable in the Bridge Barn hotel in Woking.

Many thanks to Ben Scott from the IWA who kindly came over from Farnham and did some lock-wheeling for us.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for organising it all Kathryn - we had a great time, and even the weather was reasonably kind to us. We'll be repeating it at Easter and hopefully getting to Greywell once more.
    Phil & Carol
    nb Winter Lilly