The Cruise of the Dondevoy

    


The weather was all wrong for towing from the bank this morning, as there was a stiff breeze in the wrong direction. I decided to wait until some kind boat comes. Up to the time of writing there have been three boats through the lock, but all in the wrong direction. Maybe tomorrow the hired boats from Oundle Marina will be coming through.

By mid afternoon, nobody came up the lock, so I decided to push on, or rather pull. In this way, I got to the next lock, with great difficulty, where a man gave me half a gallon of petrol, and some food. I remonstrated, but he insisted "When you're a millionaire, you can buy me a yacht!" It turned out he was the editor of the local paper, if that is of any significance.


[The newspaper editor who gave me petrol came over to my boat in the morning with a small cooked breakfast, which was very welcome indeed. It was my impression that he lived at the old mill near the lock. B.E.N.]


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