If you're quick and take a look at the bottom of today's BBC News site, there's an interesting set of photos of CRT volunteers clearing out the Hertford Union canal aka Duckett's Cut in east London. The canal is currently drained, presumably for lock work and so they're taking the opportunity to clear out all the junk that's been chucked or dropped in over the years. Unsurprisingly there's plenty of evidence of criminal activity, old safes, car number plates etc as well as some interesting curios. Worth a look.
Our marina informs us that we can now visit our boat, but not yet stay on it. Presumably we'll be able to go out on it from April 12th. That's if she's still floating after all this time and the diesel hasn't turned to jelly etc. (ever the optimist, that's me). We've decided to keep our mooring at Wigram's for the next six months, and then decide whether to move after that. It should make for an easy summer with long cruises up the north Oxford and perhaps to Coventry and/or up the Ashby with hardly any locks. In previous times we would have scorned that, but I'm still not in the best of health so it makes sense and anyway I like that stretch and we haven't done it too many times. Let's hope the sun shines.