There might be some CRT boat checker somewhere with a headache today. He probably thinks he's losing the plot, because earlier in the week they will have spotted us moving southwards down the GU, then they will have seen us moored up in Great Linford for two days, still facing South, and today they would see us back up at Wolverton, still facing South. Perhaps they will think we reversed for an hour and a half this morning! all will be explained below.
Despite some inconsiderate person having moored in our favourite spot in Great Linford (how dare they?!), we had a pleasant berth for the last two nights almost opposite it and were compensated by this nice view out of the window.
Returning to the boat last evening we discovered that Herbie must have had her pins pulled out by some careless boater going past too fast, and some kind person had banged them back in, and added a third one on the centre rope. Thanks whoever you are. One of the pins was hammered in so deep that it took me five minutes to dig it out this morning.
Actually it's not to fool the boat checkers that we have retraced our steps to get back to Wolverton. It's because I have to catch a train tomorrow to meet Rick at Long Buckby, when we will nip up to Leicester to visit the Space Centre along with the old boys of the engineering association from where we both used to work in 1970.
Did you know the boat checkers log us into their system even when they see us cruising along the canal? I didn't until I saw one doing it the other day. I suppose some people will complain that it's all a bit too Big Brother, but I don't mind if it helps to deal with the people who pretend to be continuous cruiser when they are not.