A very early start (6.30) to get down the locks before the rain set in.
A hot bacon and egg banjo (army term for sandwich) at the stall between locks 9 and 10 and then surprise, surprise, a new bridge at lock 17. Thank you BW for thinking of the poor lock worker having to cross the lock hanging onto a wet paddle shaft by one hand and carrying a windlass in the other.
Oh! no they haven't. It is for their non-fee paying customers to help them cross the lock without balancing on the wet paddle shaft by one hand. Sod the boaters. You can't even get through past the open lock gates.
We managed to make it to the mooring before the rain really set in, and boy did it rain. I was oblivious to most of it though, I slept most of the afternoon. 22 locks are much harder than they were 10 years ago!
A very pretty card which is a stamped and hand painted iris mounted onto yellow and lilac card and lilac organdie ribbon.