...we were stuck.
We still had our share in Debdale, and we were in the middle of a two week cruise, going slowly round the Black Country Ring. On the 27th of November we'd battled ice to get from Fradley Junction to Tixall Wide; on the 28th, we were frozen in; on the 29th, we left the boat there are came home. Debdale stayed there for another six weeks or so, during the severe cold snap.
This year could hardly be more different -- there's hardly been a frost, let alone snow falls and several inches of ice. But out love of winter boating remains, so we're hoping to fit in a weekend on board Briar Rose before Christmas.