Wednesday, August 15, 2007

March in August

Day 11 (i.e. yesterday)
Ramsey High Lode (Bill Fen Marina) to Well Creek

We left Bill Fen on Tuesday in a high wind and heavy drizzle - the first adverse weather of the trip, so can't complain, bit it did make the going a bit difficult. We turned off the High Lode onto the River Nene Old Course on the last leg of our journey across the Middle Level , towards Salters Lode Lock, Denver Sluice and the River Great Ouse.

We stopped at March for provisions; the town hasn't changed since we were last here a couple of years ago, but nonetheless was nicer than I remembered. Perhaps I'm just coming to appreciate things more. Then on we went hrough Upwell and Outwell (where we had the gratifying experience of someone calling out 'Is that John Shotbolt's old boat?'), and down to the mooring at Well Creek.

On the way we passed Floods Ferry where we used to moor with Helyn. It's changed hands since then, from a family business to part of a leisure company. I recognised a few cruisers from our time there but only one narrowboat. There were lots more 'lodges' and some rather less upmarket static caravans. I was please to see however that the weeping willow we 'donated' is going from strength to strength.

We're here now at Well Creek until tomorrow (Thursday) morning, when we're booked through the lock at 11.30. Then all go again ...

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