First order of the day was to negotiate the 4 Stourton locks. Clearly the nearby house owners have taken it apon themselves to maintain the top lock. Mown lawns for grass and flower beds neatly planted surrounded the top lock, very differant from the rough cut banks of the towpath we had just left.
|Preparing to leave last nights mooring|
|Emacculately tended lock area.|
|Novel way to hide the bywash that runs through your property|
|B&B for some lucky ducks|
|AmyJo below the lock while I close the gate. The junction is dead ahead|
|Unable to get back on from her side of the lock Chris walks round via a nearby bridge|
|Minutes later and we could have had problems getting round|
|Large bywash collectors like this one are used at many locks around here|
|Improve your English cruise boat|
|Lovely garden at Ashwood nurseries.|
Next is Greenforge lock. Here a neat lock cottage had its owners drinking tea outside watching the activity at the lock. What an idilic way to while away the day.
|Greenforge lock cottage. The owners are sitting behind the flowers by the door, easy to miss them|
|AmyJo enters the bottom chamber|
|Chris's view as lockwheeler on the middle gates.|
|Either you like it or not. We like it.|