Friday, November 11, 2011

Swapping rivers

I had a bit of a play last night, trying to get a photo of the moonlit Ratcliffe power station. After various settings with mixed results, I got this rather Danté-esque shot….

Moonlit power stationSAM_0005 Moonlit Ratcliffe PS

In daylight the same view is much less dramatic…..SAM_0007

We only had a short way to go today but were meeting Carol, so got away around 10:30. Just half a mile downstream the Soar runs into the Trent, both rivers then dropping over the wide Thrumpton Weir.

Thrumpton Weir with the Nottingham/Derby to Leicester railway crossing.SAM_0012
We turned left, upstream, joining the main navigation, with Cranfleet Cut to the right and Trent Lock, up onto the Erewash Canal straight ahead.

Onto the wide, windswept waters of the Trent.SAM_0018 Windswept Trent
What a spot to have my own personal 2 minutes silence to pay tribute to those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen who lost their lives to protect our way of life.image

We came onto Sawley Cut up the left hand of the paired Sawley Locks, mooring up opposite Sawley Bridge Marina.

Carol arrived with her dog Sealy and a repaired alternator she’d had sorted for me, and spent an hour chatting before she had to head off.
Today has been a lot colder, with a brisk breeze from the east. No rain to speak of though, so that’s a bonus. Tomorrow we’re off up onto The Trent and Mersey Canal, intending to get to Weston Lock in the early afternoon.

As well as being Armistice Day, it’s also one of those dates where the day, month and year are the same. 11/11/11. This only happens 12 times a century, the next and last for 88 years is 12th December next year.

Locks 1, miles 1¾

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