River preparations - anchor out and attached to fore stud just in case, life jackets on, just in case
The traffic lights at Shardlow flood lock are not on red indicating that both the Trent and the Soar are navigable, we are clear to go.
Derwent Mouth lock, the last, or first, in the Trent and Mersey canal
Heading for Sawley locks
Lock control panel Sawley
Ratcliffe power station
Approaching Trent Lock. Here at a bend in the River Trent we have the start of the Erewash Canal, that strikes north into the former coalfield of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, Cranfleet Cut that takes you into Nottingham and the confluence of the River Soar where we are heading.
On the Soar
Ratcliffe lockApproaching our second lock, (we had passed through Redhill floodlock which was chained open, no flooding, no need for the lock to be operating), at Ratcliffe I could see a boat exiting the lock, how opportune. We were greeted with, "I expected to see you, I read your blog!" This time I did ask their names unlike my omission when I working through Fradley on Sunday.
Here are boaters and blog readers Mandy and Graham, nice to meet you!
The rain had started by now and the wind a picked up a tad so the rest of the journey up the River Soar punctuated by heavy showers.
Kegworth Deep Lock
Driving the Canada geese ahead of Yarwood's bow
The heavens opened after we came up through Bishop Meadow lock and off of the River Soar. We serviced the boat and continued into Loughborough through the final lock of the day and before mooring up. A quick lunch prepared and partaken of and I was off to Tesco to get some provisions. It was then a case of getting ready to meet our guests for the evening, John and Louise of Nb. Blue Moon or rather their new boat, Nb.Fiona B.
We hit the town.
First a drink in The Albion, a canalside boaty pub that is different.. you just have to try it.
The beer is lovely and the landlord knows how to keep it, none of this cask marque too cold real ale, but rather served at 54 degrees and perfect. We were recommended, by the landlord of the Albion, to try the Grand Thai restaurant which is adjacent to The Swan in the Rushes pub in town and we were not disappointed, a real treat! We returned to the Albion for a nightcap, rude not to really, before taking our leave of our visitors and returning to the boat. A lovely evening, delightful company, good beer and great food!
Last nights mooring.