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Feb 10th

Normal 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} We are still here!   It has now been 10 days since we arrived at the bottom of the Foxton Lock flight and we haven�t moved anywhere since!  Enough is enough methinks � the snow is very pretty and it was fun for a while, but that�s it now, its getting beyond a joke and we would very much like the canal to defrost so that we can start cruising again!   Yesterday afternoon it looked very promising, it rained!  Its not often I can say that I like it to rain, but we were hoping that the rain would get rid of the snow � it didn�t!  Well, some of it went I suppose, but not really enough to count.  Then of course last night it got cold again and the rain turned to snow etc etc.  However, when we woke up this morning there was some hope, the whole of the basin had actually thawed and it was clear water until just beyond our boat where it was still iced over and white where the snow had settled on it.  The canal itself, which is just beyond the swing bridge in front of us, is still completely frozen over � so we still can�t move.  It has however been a lovely day, blue sky and sunshine and it all looked very picturesque.   It now looks as if we will just have to stay put till after the weekend, by which time everything should have warmed up and we may then be able to cruise up to Market Harborough and stay there for a few days.  It really isn�t very far, only a couple of miles, but too far to try icebreaking!   We want to be here for Saturday night anyway for the folk night at Bridge 61. Clive is still suffering with some pain since his tooth extraction, but he went over to the pub for some liquid anaesthetic this afternoon so he's feeling a bit better!  Hopefully it won't trouble him for too much longer.   Well that�s all I can tell you really, but thought I had better just let you all know that we were surviving.  In actual fact it�s probably been a lot less bother to us than you poor souls out there who have to try and drive in the white stuff!  Bless.  

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