It's not often we put in a six hour day but we were determined to get to Coole Pilate for the weekend and as tomorrow is forecast to be a tad damp we set off to do it in one day.
Audlem comes next with its fifteen locks, once we get into the "Thick" we have our own routine, Jill opens the top gate of the lock, I bring the boat in, shut the gate and drop the paddles, Jill raises one of the bottom paddles and I do the other and Jill then goes on to set the next lock. Once the lock is empty I open the bottom gates and drop the paddles by which time Jill will have the top gate of the next lock open and off we go again.
Although today was more winter than spring nobody seemed to have told the flowers. We saw wood anemones, coltsfoot, primroses, celandine, the last of the snowdrops and daffodils.
So we made it to Coole Pilate. The promised rain has arrived and we will sit here until Monday. A weekend of rugby.
Watch this space.........