|No, the dog did not go with us!|
We had the usual safety briefing and then decided which way to go. Originally it was planned that we would go upstream to Wellingborough, but we were advised against this as the first lock was 375 metres for the portage which is a long way to carry a heavy Canadian canoe, even with the wheels provided. So downstream we would go.
After leaving the Rushden Lake (a short portage of 10metres, watched by visitors, so we tried to look professional!) we entered the river. It was so tranquil
with the sun shining and hardly any breeze. We went past the first lock with everyone helping to manhandle the canoes out and then into the water, when we saw this canoe coming back - why?
|Their set of wheels were floating away and needed rescuing!!!|
We approached the A6 viaduct over the valley
|Note the black sky!!|
The sky was getting blacker to our left and there was thunder and lightning in the distance, but we kept on - well we had nowhere else to go!!
Then Irthlingborough Lock came into view and the decision was made to stop here for lunch because it was just starting to rain and how! A deluge! The boats were taken out of the water
|This photo was taken after lunch but the sky is still grey!|
and we all sheltered where we could
|Under scrubby bushes|
|In the lee of the lock gate - note the rain on the lens!|
|Where is she going - sorry I shouldn't ask!|
Most of us decided to take a detour up Stanwick Backwater but once I saw this
I knew where we were and we decided to turn round and head for home. I know that there is a lock a few hundred yards on and we didn't need to carry our canoe again.
It was a wonderful afternoon and on the return trip we saw a kingfisher, herons, an egret and a huge flock of Canada Geese taking off with a great deal of noise However the highlight for me was when we were on a very still bit of water and I noticed a twig floating along, but it was moving and then I realised it was a snake swimming across the river. Only a gentle grass snake but really exciting to see it.
The sky was getting black again as we paddled very fast across Rushden Lake back to base and as I got into the car the heavens opened, but it hadn't stopped us having a great afternoon!!
I have also been smocking, embroidering, crocheting and sewing machining, but this will have to wait until another time!