Coures les Barres

It has been unusually cold and wet here for the past ten days or so. We were 
waiting for an improvement in the weather in a small town called Coures les Barres
 and today 1-April-10 was just such a day. It’s still cold but at least the sun came 
out as we headed south towards the city of Decize. It was a seven hour trip which
 was a bit more that we had hoped to do.

The temperatures strained to reach double figures but there are signs of spring 
all around. The swallows arrived from Africa a week ago and we saw our first stork
 yesterday and the trees are starting to show some buds. Coures les Barres is a lovely quiet typical French village.

Going up in the double lock at Guétin. This is a very deep lock and the lock keeper has to lower down a hook for you to attach your ropes to. We knew that our ropes were way too short for the job.

So when he lowered down the hook we attached a plastic bag containing a bottle of wine instead. Looking quite puzzled he lifted it up and looked in the bag, then down into the lock at us. “lentement Monsieur si’l vous plait” I said. (Slowly please!) He gave me the thumbs up and slowly let the water into the lock to raise us up to the next level.

Gutin lock near Coures les Barres
Guétin lough, it’s deeper than it looks!

There is a big rise in this lock at Guétin with a wonderful view when you reach the
 top of The Allier River spanned by another great aqueduct .

Harry & Marion

“Driftwood”

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