Thursday 10th July, 2014 at Knowle.
A very much nicer day in two respects: The weather, which was forecast to rain all day, turned out to be bright sunshine all day (hooray!) and the countryside became green and peaceful again (double hooray!!).
M thought that it would be a good idea to do a wash, as it was a perfect drying day, bright and breezy. So, we had a very welcome, and very happy, quiet morning on board while the washing dried in the breeze.
At Knowle, the fun began. For once, the guide books were misleading. They indicated that there was mooring between Knowle Bridge and the top of the five Knowle locks - but it was impossible to moor there, as there was a boatyard opposite with boats doubled up - so no room there.
We noticed that the bridge corners had metal posts, to protect the brickwork, and that the constant passage of the horses' tow ropes in olden days had worn grooves in the metal.
After that, there was only one thing to do - to walk into Knowle for R to have a restorative Costa!
Knowle has some beautiful buildings and shops and we resolved to return tomorrow to spend more time exploring the village. We particularly liked the most polite, ecclesiastical notice outside the church!
Trip: 57 miles, 33 Locks and 31.3 hours.