It has been 10 days since the last Blog, and so much has happened in that short time.
First we got unstuck at Digoin when the lock was repaired on time and made our way via Beaulon, lovely spot to stop, and Gannay to see Mark and Celia and onto Decize to prepare for the dry dock experience. I was a little worried at the prospect of the dry dock, never having had the experience before.
But my fears were put tyo one side as we slipped effortlessly into the dock marshalled in by very professional workers from the VNF, (French equivalent to British waterways), the water took a few hours to completely drain out of the dock and begin to dry out , however, the 40o of heat we experienced on Monday helped in one way as the dock dried out rather quickly, but the downside was that it was too hot to start any serious work.
Terry rescuing a few trapped fish
Mark was due to arrive in the afternoon to do the work on the Y valve for the toilet which would involve cutting a hole in the side of the boat, but due to the incredible temperatures we rescheduled for early on the Tuesday morning and when I say early Mark arrived at 06.30 to do the work but even then the temperature had climbed to 28o before he left a couple of hours later but at least that left the rest of the day to start to anti-fouling painting
Cleaning down with a powerful jet wash
and then three coats of anti-fouling
refilling the dry dock..not so dry now
very professional VNF staff checking all is well
and then back afloat on the Loire
This post was written by Terry Barrett
Photographs by Tes