It seems unwise and unfair to complain about hot or sunny weather, especially when we wished for little else for most of the winter.
So let us just say that it is unfortunate that the hottest day of this trip was the day when we planned to tackle eight locks and three lift bridges.
Most of the locks were the six at Grindley Brook, and although canal traffic wasn't especially heavy, the slightly scary three chamber staircase inevitably caused some delays.
|Novelty Teapot ...spot the spout|
We tied up early evening in the middle of nowhere, far away from roads, railways, and pubs with teapots (First Mate is still suffering from PTSD - Post Teapot Stress Disorder).
Thirsty as we were, I avoided the teapot in the evening and made sure I only poured from wine bottles.