… I also fell off the barge outside the Shroppe Fly in Audlum just before the set of numerous locks. I floundered about thinking I was drowning before realising the water was only about 3 feet deep due to the drought .
Its never the same going "home" after many years... I grew up on the waterfront at Kurnell (where captain cook landed!), went back after ~20yrs, and didnt recognize the place. 40 odd years of good/bad memories though
Dad went back to England after 40+yrs, and a park he played in as a kid had been turned into housing, and then turned back into parkland