Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sleeping Partners......Dog Style!

Ben & Poppy sharing the sofa
For the last few nights Poppy has taken over Ben's usual sleeping place on the sofa, last night he claimed it and she joined their sleeping partners! This morning their still sharing.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Another Day Out Boating

Today we woke to a cold boat, so on went the heating for an hour. It served two purposes as it heated the water for showers and warmed up the boat. Looking at the outdoor thermometer it read 0 degrees and there was still frost on the grass and the boater setting off while we finished breakfast was in shorts and tshirt. I know it warmed up later but brr it was cold.

We had the Adderley flight of five locks to work though which were all half  full due to leaky top gates, but never mind at least there weren't so many today. The dogs stayed on the boat until after the top lock, then they came off for their walk. Lovely sunshine again today and we moored up at Market Drayton. The rings seem to be badly spaced in places so it's not easy to moor up with outward ropes which stop the boat moving, but we found a space we could fit in.

Eric's started his post Winter job of polishing the  boat and done half of one side but it's not the side facing the towpath now. After some Craftmaster Carnuba  Polish it always looks so much better.....a different colour.The unwritten list if jobs is endless but we plan to tackle the roof paintwork this Summer.

We left the dogs onboard and went to the Market in Market Drayton as I wanted some plants for my pot now the daffodils were just leaves. All  planted in my pot now but I'll had to bring it inside at night while we're still having frosts. Also had a haircut in a salon called Lush who were kind enough to fit me in without an appointment.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Up, Up, Up Audlem To Adderley Locks

White water locking
We set off from Audlem after filling up with water outside The Shroppie Fly, the first lock of the day was like white water boating. We were in luck today as every lock bar one was ready for us and many had a boat coming out of so gates could be left open. If the lock gates ahead were closed I walked ahead to get them opened while Eric came up in the lock below. Ben and Poppy had a bit of a walk before getting back on the boat, where they watched all that was going on.
Ben's turn to look way
I think they like each other!
We decided to complete the flight and then I could walk the dogs to the moorings below Adderley Locks, where the tow path is a wide grassy area. Here's some boaty pictures on the way up, up, up.

In a pound between two locks at Audlem
The dogs enjoyed their walk and Eric pulled in and moored up on Adderley Visitor Moorings. We had a healthy salad followed by a cream tea from the kitchen of Kynsal Farmhouse at Audlem Top Lock........very nice too!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Visitors With Poppy

Poppy  our four legged visitor

Ok I'll sit for you but what's going on over there?
Yesterday Clare and Ben came to visit at Hack Green Visitor Moorings to bring Poppy their border collie to stay for a week with us on the boat. We gave them the post code for Hack Green Secret Bunker which is sign posted so no secret.....but it used to be.

When they arrived later than planned due to the a diversion on the motorwy, Ben and Eric went to visit the Secret Bunker while Clare and I had a good catch up. Curry for lunch and  lots of chat. Poppy was pleased to see Ben the dog.....lots of licks! Eric had some ball throwing practiceinterrupted as

We wondered how Poppy would be as she hasn't stayed with us on the boat, although she'd stayed with us in her house when Clare and Ben had their honeymoon. A quiet night was had by all, the dogs took turns on the sofa and Ben's fleece mat......Poppy's bed was ignored.

Today she had a long walk along the towpath to Audlem with Ben the dog and nobody fell in, just wet feet from the melted frost. It was 0 degrees first thing but now it's lovely and sunny and so much warmer. Poppy did manage to find something smelly but it was soon washed off.

Just two locks today to moor at the Visitor Moorings,  very quiet today occasionally interrupted by two barkng collies......somebody has come past their boat!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hurleston And Beyond

Locking down the Hurleston Locks
Ben waiting patiently

Going down!
On Thursday we left Wrenbury, first of all negotiating the electrically powered lift bridge. Before we left Ben and I went for a walk to the shop for bread and milk to keep us going. One more lift bridge and we were away with Ben and I onboard as I remembered the next stretch of towpath was like a bog. We continued our walk at Baddiley Locks, working through the lock and walking to the next one. We just had the pair of Swanley Locks and we were moored up for the  night just after bridge 5, where the bridge is finally being rebuilt.

This morning we didn't start off til about eleven in the morning, with quite a few boats going our way. One boat with a seized up engine was being towed by another so just as well we we weren't in any hurry. At the services at the top of the locks we topped up the water tank, got rid of the rubbish and emptied cassettes. One boater told Eric the men get this job because they pee more!

Down the Hurleston Locks and turn right, we're going down the Shroppie. Moored upon the visitor moorings after the junction......out came the wheelbarrow wheels to stop the banging.....the Shroppie shelf is with us.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Locking On The Llangollen

 NB Bendigedig entering a lock

Willymoor Lock with the pub closed until midday

Ben patiently waiting

Today we've worked through just four locks, much easier with other boats taking it in turns to go through. At Quoisely lock the gate paddle gear definitely needed a little was a case of squeaks as you wound them up and down. The ferocious side weirs didn't get us going down these locks, they are always worse going up towards Llangollen. Just a few boaty pictures and Ben the dog of course, tied up for safety while I am locking the boat through.....don't want him following me across the lock gates!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Walk In The Sunshine......Eric Cruised

Today Ben and I walked to Grindley Brook working through three lift bridges on the way. At the first one we found the Llangollen fuel boat NB Mountbatten mooring up delivering coal to the moored boats. We stopped and bought a couple of bags of Excel  to keep us going.....don't know how long the sunshine will last.

At Grindley Brook I popped to the garage as the CafĂ© no longer sells bread, milk and papers.Eric was wondering where I was!  Down the Grindley Brook staircase locks with Amy, a very happy lockkeeper helping. In front of us was a single handed boater who exited the lock leaving me to shut his gates! Only got away with it at the first of the three locks, but we had to refill every lock as there was no boat traffic coming the other way.

We decided to stop just off the visitor moorings at the bottom of Grindley Brook....I needed  lunch and a rest for the rest of the afternoon.......I am really not used to all this exercise at the locks.