We've had a most pleasant stay at Grove Lock, catching up with our old boating mates Chris and Jude. A few pints of Fuller's London Pride and a really good meal in The Grove, made for a most enjoyable weekend. Yesterday we watched the Boat Race, why the whole country avidly watches a race between two universities that very few have attended and with such partisanship is somewhat baffling, but unmissable!
We pushed on up the locks with their names redolent of the English countryside we were traversing, Slapton, Horton, Ivinghoe and Seabrook. As we climbed we looked across to the Dunstable Downs which still have snow clinging to their flanks, I do wish it would warm up.
Mick, on Lizzie, the boat we were sharing locks with, then came up with the news, the Aylesbury Arm is shut, one of the walls at lock twelve has collapsed and the stoppage is listed on Waterscape with those three worrying letters, U.F.N. We had planned a trip down to Aylesbury, cross that off then.
We finally gave up at Marsworth, or Maffers as the working boatmen knew it, the cold having finally got the better of us.
Dare I suggest the Wendover Arm tomorrow?
Watch this space............