River conditions are improving! The flow is decreasing but there are still “Red Boards” a few locks away upstream, so we are staying put for now. Our neighbours of the last few days, however, have set off downstream in their cruiser and we have been joined by another narrowboat which has come down from Windsor.
I have been reading R.T.C. (Tom) Rolt’s1 book, Landscape Trilogy and was surprised to learn that he had done the last year of his engineering apprenticeship at R.A. Lister, like myself. We had an quiet day and tried out our car-boot-bargain mincer to make Cottage Pie from Sunday’s left over roast beef.
1. Tom Rolt, although a prolific author, is probably best known among boaters for his book Narrowboat and his work in forming the IWA (Inland Waterways Association) campaigning to prevent the closure of many canals in the late 40s and early 50s.