We left Pillings at about 10 o’clock yesterday morning. The sun was shining and it was very windy, but we were well wrapped up so we didn’t feel the cold too much. We had soon passed Loughborough on our way to meet up with Karen and Ian on nb Serenity, and had planned to stop somewhere before the hitting the Trent.. At one stage we were being chased, and then passed, by a canoe! They were going faster than us, so what could we do but slow up a bit more, pull over a bit and let them past – but, oh the shame of it!!
We were so glad to be on the move again we decided to press on as the sun was still out. The Trent had breaking waves, but the sun was still out, and it was no windier than parts of the Soar had been. We were soon through Sawley Lock and heading towards Shardlow although we planned to stop above Derwent mouth Lock and then carry on to Shardlow today. But we were in for a surprise – on texting Serenity to let them know where we were, we discovered that they were also moored there. They came and helped us through the lock, and we went on board for a welcome cuppa. So ‘the ‘twins’ are back together again for the summer. This morning, we worked our first wide lock together, the first of many, I’m sure, considering that we will be doing the Kennet and Avon! Although we spent a week together last September, all the locks were narrow ones.
After getting Karen sorted with her blog we travelled a couple of hours up the Trent & Mersey canal, and are now moored above Weston Lock. Will probably move on to Willington tomorrow as we will be in need of the services and some top up shopping by then.