Monday, 27 April 2009

Alpha to Omega - Salters Lode is Open

We saw the NB Zindagi at Ely on Sunday night. Dave Taylor was watering his flowers, while Zindagi sat at the (newish) visitors moorings.

I didn't realise, but according to his blog, they must have come through the newly opened Salters Lode lock the same day.

Salters Lode is a strange lock (strange in the technical way) and it connects the non-tidal Middle Levels with the tidal Ouse. To cruise from the Middle Levels to the non-tidal part of the River Ouse, you have to run a tidal gauntlet of less than a mile between Salters Lode and Denver Sluice.

Its always a dice with the tide as the river level on high water is often higher than the non-tidal bit and the lock has more than one gate (complex, I know - I'll post a photo when we get through it in a few weeks time).

We are due to leave the Fens and Environmental Agency waters and re-enter BW-land.

Anyway, Zindagi has arrived, which means that the lock is repaired after being out of action for about 2 months.

I had that Peter Pan feeling - to quote George Darling, father of Wendy, "You know, I have the strangest feeling that I've seen that ship before. A long time ago, when I was very young".

The wind generator, the unusual (biblical ?) signwriting of the Greek characters Alpha and Omega and the christian fish symbol, are really quite distinctive.

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