MONDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2008
The first and last time we had encountered the Watford flight of six locks, which includes 4 of the staircase type, was the day we took delivery of SKYY. That date was the 23rd of December 2006and the adventure was just beginning. We only just managed to enter the locks before 3p.m. which is when they would have been locked for the night, It was nearly dark and very cold, the heating wasn’t working and I was wondering if Jacquie would ever forgive me.
This time, the day was bright and dry, I introduced myself to the lock keeper, which is the correct thing to do, if you want to get on her queuing list and we slowly moved forward until it was our turn to ascend, no problems. Shortly afterwards we pootled through Crick tunnel, this time in lonely solitude and stopped at Crick Wharf for water and to say Hi and thanks to Paul of ABNB Sales, from whom we bought SKYY. We found ABNB to be the most honest and helpful of all the brokers we had contact with, in leading us to the right boat.
This is a fascinating area, as within an eight of a mile of each other, you have, Watling Street, the ancient, straight as an arrow, Roman Road; The Grand Union Canal: The main railway line and finally the MI, all proceeding in exactly the same direction. Whatever did the Romans do for us? Pity they all trundled back to Rome really, no staying power obviously.