Monday, 6 April 2009


Finally left Paddington Basin after picking up two pairs of new glasses from Specsavers on the Edgware Road and taking on water. Got to Angel about 2030 in the gathering darkness. No respite from the Islington tunnel at this time of the day. We doubled up with a fellow 'continous cruiser' - a chap in his 50s with a smart newish boat - about the same length as Lysander. Passed a few niceties about doubling up and even got an exchange in about us going to France and 'Narrowdog to Carcassonne'...had a fraught passage through the locks at Camden. Usual hoards of youngsters out in force on such a sunny Spring afternoon. Sally did not enjoy the experience. Got quite stressed. Both.

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