A very early start around 7.30ish when we crept away turning right at the junction under Bridge 10, all was peace and calm as everyone was still asleep.
At Bridge 7 we met someone one else on the move though. Then we entered Braunston Tunnel and I could see that it was clear hurrah. Looking back another boat had just come in to follow us. However when we were three-quarters of the way through one came in towards us. We passed each other so slowly that there was minimal bumping, thankfully.
We then filled the top lock and while we waited for the other boat to catch up to share the locks I saw Steamboat Monarch moored up, still a bit of mist hanging about. After setting the bottom lock I popped into the Boat Shop and two loaves were put in to cook for me. The Cabin Boy took the boat on while I waited for our bread. So, having my windlass with me I turned the lock ready for the two boats coming down. Two lovely little boating dogs were perched in their special rooftop bed box, luvly jubbly. Walking past Braunston Wharf I saw our friend’s old boat ‘Tranquility’ breasted up with another outside the workshop. I was amazed to see that the spider webs that I had made for them were still in all the portholes!