Karen has me working for me egg sarnie

This is Ray here. Up early, away by 10 past 7. Everything quiet, no wind and everyone else walking along to work along the footpath. Just Karen and me Paul is away to Oxford. All quiet now, a change from Nottingham on a Saturday night, (we saw some sights walking back from seeing Jacki Chan in his new Kung Fu film the other night)

Ray doing the paddle

It was a stiff paddle to turn. I thought I was losing my strength at first – I nearly had to shout for Karen.

Having a look at the Trent and finding out there is plenty of room for manouvering, a big change from the canal.

Leaving Nottingham

We made good time to Stoke Lock and I was ready for me egg sarnie. We stopped here because it was a nice place to stop. Had a walk by the lock, Jet tried to walk on the cattle grid into a field – lost his tennis ball but found a fisherman’s bag.

Stoke Lock

Lots to see, lots of herons, horse with its foal on the side of the Trent, and a Kingfisher – for Joan.

Moored up at the bottom of Hazleford Lock on an island. Sat watching the activity and a good view of the large lock. The lock keeper said he could get up to 12 boats in there.

Hazleford Island

Karen speaking now – and just to say I’ve had a great day with Ray. Great company, fabulous weather and now, moored up on the Island with not another boat in sight. Fab!

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