We had a lot of overnight rain so we stayed in bed till it cleared away. Del was still struggling with a swollen ankle, after spraining it yesterday. It got to 9.30am and the sun tried to poke out through the clouds. We set off and took the turn back on the Grand Union to Braunston.
We hadn't see anything all morning but as we approached the tunnel we could see a big headlight in the distance, typical........although the good thing about this time of year most people on the cut know what they are doing and we passed with no problems.
The good news was that it meant all the locks at Braunston would be in our favour. We never waited at the top due to the fact we had waited to see if anyone had gone by when we were at Norton junction, and also no one was behind us in the tunnel and that takes thirty five minutes to get through. So we pushed on down the flight of six locks.
It was sad to see the Admiral Nelson pub up "For Let" again. We then turned into the marina where we got a pumpout. This had gone up to twelve pounds, but we still felt it was a good price.
We then pulled out and filled with water and while we were there we got chatting to Beryl and Gary on n.b The Answer. We last saw them on the Trent and Mersey about a year ago. We had a long catch up, and took their number to meet up in the future.
We left it a bit late to leave Braunston as we forgot the light was fading fast. We hit the Oxford and Al lit the fire to start warming things up as we headed towards Rugby
It started to get very cold and dark, so we pulled Derwent6 over and set everything up.
Ahhhh, it was lovely to walk into Derwent6 with the smell of cooking and the log fire burning in one corner and the Christmas lights on and the Advent candle burning in the other corner ....We love Derwent6!!!! XXXXXXX