Sunday

More sunshine………are we really in Scotland?

Marcus set to with the scallops,

The Master at work

The Master at work

The Apprentice

The Apprentice……..gutting and washing

………….opening and cleaning them and with the help of his apprentice, Ian, they soon had a pile of empties lined up on the wall.

It was agreed that this was the best breakfast any of us have ever had!!

Scallops, baco, white pudding, haggis and mushrooms........mmmmmm!

Scallops, bacon, white pudding, haggis and mushrooms……..mmmmmm!

What a small world ………..It seems that we can’t go anywhere without bumping into someone who recognises Marcus…………He was strolling along to see the Lock Keeper when there, sitting outside the Coffee Shop, were 5 people from Edenbridge!

After a quick tour of the boat, we kidnapped them and took the a mile or so up the canal before letting them off to walk back to the Basin.

Our captives!

Our captives!

Released and free to roam

Released and free to roam

The Crinan is incredibly narrow and just at the narrowest bit, cut through rock on both sides, we met a boat coming the other way………….with bowthruster fully operational, we were able to give way and reverse into a passing place………….a bit like going down Devon lanes!!

This was a wider stretch!

This was a wider stretch!

The first locks appeared and we put a keen volunteer ashore to open and close the gates. I think it was a little more strenuous than he expected!

Going down!

Going down!

Some of the gates in that flight aren’t perfectly balanced and require a lot of persuasion to move……….we sent reinforcements to help.

Dawn helping Marcus

Dawn helping Marcus

Ian at the helm through the locks

Ian at the helm through the locks

One of the bridges across the lock!

One of the bridges across the lock!

We moved on through a few more locks to our overnight mooring. We decided on a spot close to the Cairn Baan Hotel ……. More wifi access required!

Cairn Baan

Cairn Baan

The outlook for Monday is rain for most of the day, so we decided to stay put near civilisation, rather than get wet and miserable working the locks. We sampled the Cairn Baan Hotel’s wares and booked a table for dinner ……… another meal that passed the exacting standards of ‘Monsieur Mange Tout’!

An early night was called for. After a series of late nights and the exertions of the locks we were all ready for a good night’s rest.

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