We have decided on an autumn cruise down the Grand Union main line hopefully as far as Rickmansworth providing the water levels keep up. The GU main line is not as bad as some of the narrow canals like the Oxford but as we came through the Braunston and Buckby flights BW had staff on hand to try and get all boats to double up- mostly successfully although some boaters didn't want to wait for another boater to come along. We have not been on the GU past Cosgrove as our friends Ray and Jenny brought BB up from London to Wigrams back in 2005.
We stopped last night in Braunston. At 09.00 this morning a lovely tug nb Albion Mills (fresh out of the paint shop) came along and we decided to share. Mike was taking her back to his mooring in Cowroast on his own so we decided to breast up the two boats through both of the flights. This enabled Anne and Mike to do the locks together whilst I did the two boats. All went well except for a few very shallow ponds in which BB struggled to move both boats along. A boater was very surprised to see two boats joined together until we explained the reason and then she saw the light. As we came out of the last of the Buckby locks at Whilton- 2 monks and a sister entered as they had just bought a boat and were now on a steep learning curve-the sister asked us to pray for them!!!!