Chris had walked on ahead as scout but not long into the cruise, and in the narrow single way section, we came across a family of new born ducklings. Then a few tense minutes as 3 of the ducklings got separated from the main brood with mum and dad ducks on the port side. The 3 ended up on the starboard side. I had to steer with precision as one mistake and I could have easily crushed any one of them and I was desperate for that not to happen.
Fortunately mother duck finally held the rest of her brood back but the three errant ducklings insisted on staying alongside AmyJo. Still they persisted chasing along with us risking being crushed or sucked into the prop. To avoid this I had to keep putting AmyJo into neutral as they neared the back of the boat but that only helped the ducklings stay with me. I had to wait until they were at last down by the back deck to use my hand to shoo them off and out of danger. Eventually after trying to catch up they gave up and I could breath again. I don't know what I'd have done if they were harmed. I'd never forgive myself.
|Safe at last but the 3 duckateers still chasing after us at the foot of the photo|
|Dappled sunshine all around. I just love it when its this good|
|The lack of wind made for some lovely reflections in the clear water|
|On completion of the turn I line AmyJo up to go onto the aqueduct|
|Dog drawn boat crossing the aqueduct|
|Waiting for the lift bridge and not sign of the hire boat|
|Waiting at the top lock in the warming sunshine.|
|Never far away are the police training helicopters. This one passing close, slow and low.|
|Our first hot day so it would be rude not to chill and enjoy it|
|Mum and dad can work the boat I'll keep the gunwale warm for them.|