|Flooded towpath at Saxilby|
Second job was to get the gangplank off the roof and position in at the counter so that I could at least get off the boat without getting my feet wet. As you can see from the photo though, my plank isn't really long enough and getting off and, particularly, back on required some feats of daring! After a while the white cruiser behind me moved off and I was able to pull back to where the water wasn't so deep and the angle of the plank less severe.
The extra water also brought with it the weed. Last night there wasn't any to be seen but this morning the canal was covered in it. Despite a dry day, with only a couple of short showers, neither the water level nor the weed show any sign of receding, but I don't mind. Saxilby has everything a boater wants - water, toilets, shops, pubs, take-aways, buses and even a railway station. The village's main street runs along the canal bank so I can keep on eye on the buses and the railway line is on the other side so there's plenty to keep me amused for the rest of the day.