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.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Lock 13 Basingstoke Canal - No gates

Upper gates with balance beams removed
Still strong enough but in need
of a retirement package!
The Basingstoke Canal Authority removed the gates from Lock 13 (just round the corner from my house) this afternoon in preparation for them to be measured and replaced.

Towpath side upper into
They have certainly paid for themselves because I think they went in in the early 1980s so they have probably done 30 years (give or take) - they look as if they have but that's what they are there for.

Someone may well prove me wrong on the length of time they have been in.
The last lower gate
on its way out

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