We came back last night from a couple of days taking stuff down to Leo and doing a few odd jobs. She now looks pretty well ready to go:
While we were there we were very pleased to see Paul and Gail (nb Georgiana) who introduced us to this marina and we shared locks with them coming up the Grand Union to Stoke Bruerne last August.
Already there are problems with meeting David and Victoria. Holme Lock on the Trent is out of action and there are problems too at Blackburn on the Leeds and Liverpool. So they may be coming South to meet us via the Rochdale Canal. We now plan to meet them at Etruria, which for non-canal people is better known as Stoke on Trent. Assuming no other snags we shall reach Etruria via the Leicester branch of the Grand Union and the River Soar, then turning left on the Trent near Nottingham to join the Trent and Mersey. We aim to set off sometime next week after a final trip down to Leo and driving back to leave the car at home.
Watch the blog to keep track of our progress.