The weather's been pants again but we've had a great time at the BCNS (Birmingham Canal Navigation Society) rally at Titford Engine House. It's extremely well organised and before we were allowed out of the top lock of the Titford flight on Thursday we were "volunteered" for services over the weekend. Roger's done a couple of stints as an evening security marshal and I did an hour cooking in the burger bar. It's been a good way of getting to know new people and we've made lots of new friends. The BCNS have a novel, and very successful, way of raising funds. They sell new, unworn pairs of jeans at £4 a pair. Apparently these are samples (no labels inside) and no 2 pairs are alike. I've bought 3 pairs and, judging by the queues for the changing room this afternoon, they seem to have been doing a roaring trade. The real ale bar continues to be well stocked and well frequented. Last night's entertainment was provided by a Ukelele band and tonight it's a band called Rainbow Road.
All boats attending the rally have been presented with a certificate and a rally plaque.
We've been told there are about 80 boats here but I haven't had time to count them myself. If you ever get the chance I'd definitely recommend a visit.
Early tomorrow morning we'll be joining 16 other boats on the BCN Explorer cruise. The cruise members have been given priority down the locks but we have to make an early start (most unusual for us) The rest of the boats due to leave later in the day are being allocated passage by rota to try and avoid hold-ups and maintain the water levels.