Saturday, 8 January 2011

Ice bound at Hopwood

Captains Log

Canal Date 8th January 2010
Current Location Still at Sunny Down Town Hopwood

Something miraculous has happened over night, the sun is shining, and it is 7 outside, gentle breeze, and most miraculously of all, the Hopwood Glacier and changed. It has turned in to water.
Having said that, there are still ice flows and icebergs in abundance, it looks like we will be able to travel the 200 yards to the water point very soon.

One must keep in mind that it is still early January and this is when the weather normally turns cold. So lets not get too exited just yet but it does feel like a spring day.

After spending 6 weeks in the ice it is nice to see ripples on the canal again.

Even the solar panels have sprung into life and are generating electricity once again. Birds are singing, even the sheep in the fields look as happy as sheep can look in fields!

Talking of sheep, we have now found out that the sheep we rescued before Christmas is alive and well, despite being stuck in ice for 1 ½ hours. Truly a hardy animal. I don’t think I would last 5 minutes in ice cold water.

I am getting itchy feet now and am looking forward to moving on. We were thinking of moving past Tardebigge, down a few locks and staying next to the lake. After speaking to the staff at Tardebigge, we were informed that the top lock would be locked while work is taking place lower down the flight. We will have to go on to plan “B” Unfortunately; we do not have a plan “B” yet.

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