Saturday, March 16, 2013

Friends at Great Haywood

We moved up to Great Haywood today, with Chas and Ann off NB Moore2Life meeting us at Colwich Lock.

Lock gate heaving at Colwich
They joined us aboard for the second half of the trip to Haywood Lock, recently reopened after winter maintenance.

Chas inspecting the repairs at Haywood LockSAM_4728 As a listed structure the lock chamber has to be repaired using the original methods. The lime mortar used for pointing is still soft, though. Maybe the mix was a bit wrong. This is a problem when repairing these old, preserved chambers.
English Heritage insist that original materials and techniques are used, but sometimes the skills are no longer available. In certain circumstances the use of modern materials should be permissible, after all the coping stones here are being bashed around in the 21stC, not the 18th.

Chas and Ann came round for a cup of tea and a chat this afternoon, then Ann and I took the pooches out for a good walk.
We’ll be seeing quite a bit of them in the coming weeks, both boats are heading in the same direction till early May.

After a very wet night and damp early morning, the mid part of the day was fine and mild. The wind that plagued us yesterday has moved elsewhere, for a bit.

I settled down to watch the qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix this afternoon, the first race of the 2013 Formula 1 calendar. It was cut short, though. Heavy rain made conditions treacherous and several cars were damaged before the session was postponed. Now the second and third phases will be run before the race tomorrow. Could be a long day for those drivers.

Locks 2, miles 3

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