Just a little rant.
This morning we only wanted to go down the five rise around 9am. We had to wait, fair enough, no problem.
By 10am there were two gazebos with (at least 6 green or blue shirted ID fobbed volunteers), Kennet (6 more hands) a "Community" boat with only 1 hand (and a fob) who moored on the water point after we locked him up because he was single handed and announced he was mooring there all day to let the kids visit the boat. No kids in particular, just any passing kids, those with a BW key who I think who were going to the sanitary station, but not with a boat because he was moored on the point. There were signs attached to every spare railing promoting C&RT, communty boats Walls Ice Cream and everything.
And one bally lock keeper.....The poor fella was run off his feet.
He explained how earlier in the week he had to look after the five rise and the three rise at the same time. By 10 30 the poor lad was knackered and rang his line manager (?) for help. They sent a man from Lancashire to aid him who's only transport was a bike.... honestly.
We left the bottom lock at 11 30.
Is this the way things are going to be in the future? Gawd help ya, did I mention I've sold Travis?