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Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Monday, 25 March 2013

A Busy Day is a Happy Day (but an expensive one)

Wow! we have managed to fit a lot in to today, well, a lot for us in this usually slow, laid back lifestyle.

We had the washing machine on as soon we got up, and moved off about an hour later. At the 2nd lock of the day we stopped to use the services, I got ready the lock then went off to Sainsbury's.  Once the water tank was full, and other things empty Ian took the boat through the lock and moored up to wait for me and the shopping at the Sainsbury's mooring.
Love this lock house with attractive garden along the canalside
but even in this more urban environment no road access

Coming out of a lock further down we met nb Hyperion the fuel boat, so we stopped him and got some more coal. There's no chance we shall be letting the fire out yet a while.

On the way again and soon we were at King's Langley and just above Home Park lock we spotted nb Valerie, we tooted and got a cheery wave from Jaq, and then swept into the open lock waiting for us.  Only to hear Les calling out, "Are you going to stop for a cup of tea?" Well we couldn't refuse, so we worked the lock then tied up and walked back to the good ship Valerie and enjoyed a good chat and catch up with the lovely, happy couple. Thank guys, good to see you again.

Back on the move again and we came through Grove Park, 
past the mill
and down into Cassiobury Park where we wanted to tie up for the night.  
No, we didn't see any.

But before we put our slippers on and settled down in the warm we took ourselves off across the park and into Watford, a good couple of miles walk.  But whilst there we were able to get a birthday present for "oh, shhhhhh".

It was almost 6 o'clock when we got back and time to get supper, sort out the rest of the shopping, hang out the washing and write a blog.

6 miles, 14 locks


  1. Jill, Matilda Rose25 March 2013 at 21:46

    I feel quite exhausted just reading about it xx00

  2. There is a real sense of what it must feel like to be part of a mobile community; lots of short meetings and shared knowledge with a separateness from those in the 'other world'.