Friday, 18 July 2014

Nottingham to Newark

We really enjoyed watching the canoeing beside Holme Lock on Wednesday evening, but yesterday morning, just before we were due to leave, I slipped on goose poo and fell heavily down one of the grassy embankments. At first I thought I'd broken a rib or two but I now think it's just muscular. Whatever it is it's agony and a good job I don't have to steer the boat while Roger works the locks as here on the Trent the locks are all done for you.

Have you ever seen a black swan cygnet with a family of white swans?

They had obviously adopted it and were feeding it weeds at the same time as feeding their own solitary cygnet.

There are plenty of Cormorants on the Trent and we've seen several sunning themselves in the heat today.


Apart from a couple of short showers this morning it's been a scorching sunny day. As I'm typing this at 9pm our weather station is showing it's 28'C out and 29' in

This is Newark Town Lock which is almost right beside Newark Castle.

We moored up for lunch on the high town wharf and then went walkabout round the town.

This is the Buttermarket which is now a museum and art gallery

This is the normal fruit and veg market, excellent value

and the Nottingham Building Society with it's ornate decoration

The A1 was quite busy as we cruised underneath

and moored at North Muskham with it's ornate church

perfect moorings

and even better pub, The Muskham Ferry with Doom Bar ale which started calling as soon as we'd moored up.

We're booked to go through Cromwell Lock onto the tidal section of the river in the morning. I'll let you know tomorrow night how we get on as there are  storms forecast.

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