Totem Pole And A Sore Foot!

Within the next ten or so miles ahead, we’ve got 25 big, fat, Grand Union locks to traverse.

After taking Rusty for a walk, John barely managed to hobble back to Cyan; we think (we’re not sure) he’s twisted his ankle. You can imagine, I’m a little concerned.

This morning after a shower, Ibuprofen gel was massaged into John’s foot, and an elastic bandage applied. He did manage to work our three locks of the day, and said his foot “Wasn’t too bad!” (I’ve got my finger’s crossed his foot will soon be better!)

Our journey started with cruising fifty metres or so, before stopping outside Waitrose, on the 4 hour ‘shop and drop’ mooring. I wanted to pick up a few fresh vegetables, and to buy three 10kg bags of coal. Jules Fuels are presently in Stoke Bruerne, and can’t supply us with coal any time soon. I’ve sent an email to ‘M and P Carriers’ asking their position, but as yet have not heard from them.

Over the past week we’ve only been lighting the fire after 4:00 pm, and we don’t put any more coal on the stove in the evening. Therefore, hopefully this 30kg of coal will last us until the Autumn!  The diesel heating gets fired up for about 20 minutes in the morning, which stops our teeth from chattering 🙂 .

New pristine lock gates, John said the gates were lightly balanced and easy to use. A great example of C&RT craftsmanship, and fit for another 25 years!

Never thought we’d see a totem pole today:

“The Berkhamsted Canadian totem pole sits adjacent to the canal, close to Castle Street Bridge. In the early 1960s, Roger Alsford, a great-grandson of the founder of the timber company, James Alsford (1841–1912), went to work at the Tahsis lumber mill on Vancouver Island. During a strike, he was rescued from starvation by a local Kwakiutl community. Alsford’s brother, William John Alsford, visited the island, and in gratitude for the local people’s hospitality, commissioned a totem pole from the Canadian First Nations artist Henry Hunt. The western red cedar pole, 30 feet (9 m) high and 3 feet (1 m) in diameter, was carved by Hunt at Thunderbird Park, a centre for First Nation monuments. The completed pole was shipped to Britain and erected at Alsford’s Wharf in 1968.” Source.

It’s not my imagination, Spring is definately here; it’s exciting!

We just did three locks today, and cruised just over one and half miles.

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