A somewhat longer day today, our friends from nb Empress knocked just before 9, as arranged, to say that they were headed up to the water point so we joined them there to top up too. As soon as that was done we set off down the Stoke Bruerne flight with Joy feeling able to to steer into the locks today with me on standby. She found it difficult to get into reverse so a special adaptation (using a piece of wood, duct tape & string) was devised “on-the-fly” to extend the control lever”
The locks were soon completed and we were off on a 5 mile pound down to Cosgrave, stopping for lunch en-route. Cosgrave is an attractive village, where, at the Junction with the Buckingham Canal (under restoration) we veered left through Cosgrave Lock and continued, lock free, through Milton Keynes and took some photos of the modern sculpture and murals.
Whatever you may think of Milton Keynes town, I must say that I was impressed with their treatment of the canal, with miles of “linear park” and little vandalism or graffiti that I could see.
We spotted a guy along here who we met at Fenny Compton during the winter living in a tiny 16 foot fibreglass cruiser! How he didn’t freeze to death we can’t imagine, but there he was, large as life, lighting a fire in a brazier on the towpath and we exchanged greetings as we passed by.
Thanks to the excellent ‘First Mate’ guide, we stopped by Linford Bridge and picked up some groceries and fish & chips for tea. We pressed on and reached our moorings for the night at Fenny Stratford, just one visitor mooring left, and just our size!