Friday, 4 May 2012

22nd - 28th April

Storm clouds roll in over canola fields

Spring showers hit hard this week with most of France being extremely wet. The Yonne has swelled up and the barrages opened, bringing many logs down the river. The canal was still open on the Friday morning in time for us to cruise to Auxerre before closing after lunch. A few hairy moments including the bridge in Vaux, under which we usually have a metre clearance turned out to be more like centimetres.  Mooring in Auxerre was a challenge, with the river running as fast as it was. Francisco's piloting experience on the River Seine in Paris came in useful and all went well.

We all hope this weather has past us and as I write this now the sun is shining and the water levels have dropped. A week off next week gives the river a chance to calm and the valley is looking very green as an explosion of life creeps up along the Yonne. 

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