We have been delayed leaving Clattercote for a number of reasons. Gregg has extended our stay, kindly. We are on the boat now.
Regarding the situation, allegedly he's insisting the pound be emptied. For what reason I do not know.
Only hearsay. Since the stile was removed near the lock I can't easily go and have a nose about, which I would normally would have.
The pound between Varneys Lock and Elkingtons Lock is currently in water but the sunken boat is still there slewed across the canal immediately above Varneys Lock. There are about 20 boats queued waiting to get through the blocked section. The sunken boat, a 70ft wooden motor apparently in a dilapidated state, is sitting on the bottom slewed at an angle completely blocking the channel. The hold is completely filled with water. When Jane and I walked past this morning there were two CRT vehicles in the adjacent field and several people working at getting pumps working - I imagine that this may take some time.
Cats are perfectly happy on boats as long as they can go ashore and return as they please - we know that ours gets anxious when we have to keep him in and I guess this sort of anxiety could lead to an anti-social protest. Having said that, I guess that having more than one litter tray is essential if there is more than one cat.
I am not, in any way, being derogatory or offensive so please do not take offence, but why not call your boat Annick? I know there are a whole load of English town names being pronounced differently as to the spelling. I can't quite get my head around it though. Phonetics 'r us.
That is the name of the boat and named after the Northumbrian town not only known for its castle but also the ubiquitous Trotter family of which our boat builder is a descendant.
The thing that used to strike me as odd is that although Alnwick has always been pronounced 'Annick' it is in the Aln Valley (pronounced pretty well as one might expect) and the neighbouring town of Alnmouth is usually pronounced 'Allenmouth'.
I'm not sure of the exact rules applied by Network Rail, however a back up diesel loco is normally attached to the rear when the rail tour is using lines where it would cause severe delays if it suffered a failure, or on lines where it could need assistance.
I'm not sure what formula they use to decide if a second locomotive is necessary as I'm sure I've seen ascents of places like Lickey with just the steam loco on the front, but with several high profile failures recently (Tangmere, Black 5) I guess it is becoming more common.
There are several reasons for this - most main line coaches are electrically heated these days and a steam locomotive cannot provide that but also the trailing locomotive provides back-up braking capacity and provision for running in the opposite direction should it be necessary to set back into a relief siding or to change roads.
Edited to remove the 'Braunston' factor (poor Internet signal causing double post)