Thursday 20th May 2021
Droitwich Spa Marina to The Boat and Railway Inn near Stoke Works
3 miles, 9 locks
We needed to take the boat back up to Crafted Boats for two reasons - one thing that was missed when they had her at the end of last year and secondly for them to secure the batteries so we pass our BSC which we failed on 10th May. For those readers who are not boaters, all boat need a Boat Safety Certificate - an MOT for boats, but thankfully only done every 4 years. Tentatrice's first one was 4 years ago and all was well, but the person who we used before has retired, so a new examiner was found and he decreed that the batteries are not secured sufficiently, so we failed. He told Chris that if our boat was at 45 degrees in a lock they might tip up! My reply to Chris was 'if our boat was in a lock at that angle surely the batteries would be least of our worries!' The only time we have encountered rough water was our crossing of the Wash in 2018 and they survived that. Chris has looked at them and cannot really see how they would tip up, but it has to be done and his COPD really prevents him taking on these sort of jobs these days, so we have to get someone else to do them for us.
We drove across yesterday morning, loaded up our overnight things, stuff for Monty and some food for ourselves and set off just before midday in torrential rain and ferocious wind!
|Approaching the bottom lock|
Just as we were entering the bottom lock a boat appeared to go down with a big crew - they kindly finished the lock for Chris whilst I walked on to get the next lock ready.
A very neat garden just waiting for some summer sun
A swift journey followed to Droitwich then as we said thank you and farewell came the best thing that has happened for 15 months - we were able to have a hug with her! Whoever thought that something so simple that we all took for granted would ever be something so special.
We have put in a request to the weather gods for slightly better weather next Friday when we take her back to the marina. In the meantime we were heading off to Staffordshire on Monday to stay with friends for a few days. Something else we all took for granted.
We are wondering if we can pin the blame on this inclement weather on the crew of Cleddau (Boatwif blog and for non boaters, they are the friends we frequently travel the system with) - they proudly announced on Wednesday that they had put their coal and coal irons away for the summer and had moved the dining table to its summer position by the stove!