Well, the dreaded Hatton 21 have been done and are behind us, for a couple of months, anyway. We took them slowly and only used one gate and one paddle each time as we were on our own. I have worked out that you don't push the bottom gates until you have counted up to 24 slowly after the Hannabal Lechter slurps. It's not an exact science, but it's almost there.
There were masses of violets growing in the hedgerows all the way down and the weather was just right for locking - not too hot, not too cold.
Early evening we were joined by Geoff on "Slowhand" - he is on his way to take over a marina and shop in Newbury.
A birthday card for a 5 year old? I took a picture of these five cygnets and mounted them onto purple and green card. I then added a swan's feather, a peel-off 5 and a Happy Birthday.