Wednesday 4th April 2012
What a night it was!, we were buffeted all night by high winds but the real problem was our mooring. The canal edge here has a shelf under the water which prevents us from getting in close to the land. This means that our fenders are no good to stop us banging against the side. Instead, our base plate, which protrudes sideways under the water line bangs and against the shelf. No matter how tight I tried to get the mooring ropes, all night there was a constant bang, bang, bang, which kept Cath awake for a lot of the night. I can sleep on a slack washing line in a storm so was ok.
This morning our neighbour very kindly lent us his extra wide fenders which are made from scooter tyres. These hold us far enough off the edge to stop the banging.
After the wild night the weather today has steadily improved, the sun is shining and the wind dropping.
We spent the day cleaning, shopping, and provisioning, and I transferred some fuel from our barrel stock into the tank.
Tomorrow looks like being a fabulous day according to the met office so we'll probably move on.