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Thursday, January 18, 2007


That wind sure did bring some trees down. Walking around the lakes all that could be seen were trees some quite big just snapped off as if they were matchsticks.
This one fell between 2 boats just 50 yds from my mooring. No damage was done but it actualy fell across the mooring rope of one boat so it was a close thing.
That`s Andy & Tina posing, we are travelling together with John who is still in Uxbridge seeing the dentist so he will catch up and all 3 boats will enter Wales together sometime in April perhaps or when we get there.

This is the scene at Springwell Lock about a mile back with British Waterways boats complete with new lock gates and crane ready to start work. Springwell is the the lock we needed to get through from Uxbridge as it will be shut for 12 days. Having arrived at Rickmansworth we have only a 6 day wait before we can move on. This will be how things are for the next couple of months dodging around the closures.
The old gates being cut up. Hopefully they will leave some for boaters fires.

This is the scene 1/2 mile ahead of us. Batchworth Lock is having new bottom gates fitted but hopefully this work will be completed by Friday evening. The new gates are the open ones nearest camera and weigh in at 3 ton each and made of oak. They were last re-newed 30 years ago although they have had some maintenance during that time.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interesting update about your travels, and your festive Christmas greetings. Just catching up on reading your blog. I read about the wind storm here in the US, and wondered about trees going down on the canals so your picture was really appropriate.

Best wishes,


Les Biggs said...

Hi Mark
Have met many US citzens holidaying on the canals and now i have you reading the blog in the US. Thankyou.
Yes the storms were bad and the trees along near our mooring reached some 80/90 feet in height and they sure were bending in that wind.
If you search the web you might find some more dramatic pictures. There is a site called narrowboatworld it`s a news site that includes some regular columns from boat people as well as waterways news.

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs