We'd originally been due to collect Briar Rose after her repaint on Monday, but the damp, dank, foggy weather last week meant the job was delayed a little. Consequently, we've spent the past couple of days visiting friends and family in the north west.
We spent last night at a hotel in Market Harborough, but we were up and about early and got on the road at about 7am. We swapped cars at the marina, shopped, and went along to Baxter's Boatfitting. We were both quite nervous -- would the two greens work together? Would we like the raddle red? Would the renewed signwriting look good? Fortunately, moments after we saw the boat we were grinning from ear to ear. It looks incredibly glossy; the colours look fantastic, and the signwriting is fresh and lively.
We unpacked the car and set off. I was very aware of every branch sticking out from the side of the canal. While I steered, Adrian started getting the inside of the boat sorted out. It wasn't as dusty as we'd feared it might be, but everything still needed a good clean. The view of the roof is now completely different.
We considered stopping below the locks at Stoke Bruerne (as we hadn't yet had breakfast), but a boat was just going in the bottom lock so we joined them. It was reasonably sunny and relatively mild. All the locks were against us, but we still made reasonable progress, and moored in the long pound above the fifth lock. There was still quite a lot of sorting out to do, and we were both hungry. As we had lunch, the forecast rain arrived, so we're staying put.
3 miles, 5 locks.