We've been to quite a few Open Days on the canals now. It's really interesting to go down into the lock and there are plenty of people to answer our questions. But for us it is especially fascinating to be here today to see Shardlow’s Derwent Mouth Lock without any water in it. When we first bought a boat in 1984, this was the first lock we ever went through.
We've still got the same boat - she's called Fusilier. Every now and again we say we're going to change her, but we love her too much. We find locks harder to work now, so these days we like cruising the River Trent near Shardlow because the locks are done for you.
We go to the meetings about the waterways twice a year and we're on the email loop of the Boaters' Updates, so that's how we heard about this Open Day at Shardlow. Charlotte has been trying to find Santa here today! She's been following the Santa trail and answering twelve questions in the quiz to get her goodie bag!
"So, what was the best thing about the day for you, Charlotte?"
"Going into the lock! I got my socks wet, Grandpa!"
Dave, Nancy & Charlotte, Derwent Mouth Lock, Shardlow, Trent & Mersey Canal