Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Cruising To Wheaton Aston

Looking back from Cowley Tunnel

Cowley tunnel

At Wheaton Aston
Sunshine this morning at Norbury but we did have some heavy raiin  on the way to Wheaton Aston. Ben and I had a lovely walk before it rained.In convoy this trip with a slow boat in front and another following behind. All three boats pulled in and moored up at Wheaton Aston.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Moored At Norbury Visitor Moorings

Arriving at Norbury first stop the chandlers for diesel and elastic thingies for the cratch cover. We ended up buying a new boat pole and  boat hook as ours were in a bad way....well past painting or varnishing. We then topped up the water tank and got rid of rubbish before pulling in to moor at a nice sunny spot. Loads of space here today too.

Checked the Three Mifi to see if we had green to show a signal  and yes we did. It can be orange which shows a poor signal or red which is no signal. A lazy afternoon to follow.

Boating In The Rain To Goldstone Wharf

When we left Market Drayton the rain had stopped but started again as we got to Tyrley Locks. Ben and I had walked from Market Drayton .......a very muddy walk. Slow going up the five locks as an inexperienced crew on a hireboat was setting a lock ahead even before they reached the lock before. We just waited until we could go up, helping them on their way.

After the locks we cruised through Woodseaves Cutting and moored up at Goldstone Wharf. No internet signal or phone but we did have satellite TV so it wasn't all bad. Today we're heading for Norbury where the internet signal varies greatly, so we maybe lucky but maybe not.  We need to top up with diesel too as it's usually near enough the same price as Turners in Wheaton Aston. Today it's not raining but we seem to be meeting lots of boats at bridge holes.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Quiet Day And Nightime Music!

We had a quiet day yesterday as Eric wasn't feeling fit to travel, a bit spaced out on pain killers for his cracked rib. My sore knee appreciated a rest day too after Ben and I had a walk up the locks to Adderley Farm Shop.

All change in the evening when a party stated at the house by the canal bridge with a live band. We could hear every word of the songs and the music was loud which didn't really matter until we wanted some sleep.  It didn't stop until the early hours of the morning and  I was glad when it did. Eric will sleep through anything so he was ok.

Today we did the five locks at Adderley  and then cruised on to Marker Drayton stopping at the waterpoint to use the facilities. Under the bridge we found the moorings very quiet with just three boats moored up, quite a change frim last time we tried to moor here when there wasn't room anywhere.

I popped into town, well as far as Asda to get a few bits and pieces while Eric and Ben stayed on the boat and relaxed. Fun and games trying to get a freeview signal as the houses nearby all had aerials pointing in different directions. We're having a roast for tea which in cooking in the oven......smells lovely.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Up Audlem Locks With A Little Help

After we'd topped up the water tank we were ready to go, with thirteen locks to work through. We were able to leave some top gates open with boats coming down and they left the locks ready for us. We did have some welcomed help too from two youngsters on bikes, armed with windlasses who set the next lock for us. Their parent's boat was moored at Coxbank broken down and they were bored! They helped us through the rest of the locks to Coxbank and were rewarded with some pocket money.

Just two more locks to do and we moored up Adderley visitor moorings, thirteen locks was enough for one day. Eric was on light duties only which meant no heavy lock gates to open or shut. Currently relaxing even the dog's asleep.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Room At Audlem

White water boating on our last time in Audlem

On Wednesday we had a short cruise from Coole Pilate and went up the first two locks of the Audlem flight of fifteen locks. We were in luck as there was room to moor up,  because we wanted to work through the rest of the flight when it wasn't going to rain. I walked across the recreation ground behind the Shroppie Fly to get us some freshly cooked fish and chips for lunch from the shop. Very nice too, Ben had a sausage!

Later on we took Ben for a walk to get a pump as we'd left ours in our lockup box with the bike at the marina. We needed to pump up the wheel barrow wheels we need for the Shroppie shelf. We stocked up with bread and milk at the Coop on the way back.

Today we're staying put as Eric needed to visit the doctor, he's in the wars again he's in pain with a suspected broken rib and needed some  strong painkillers.The Audlem Medical Centre  confirmed the broken rib. They were great and looked after him really well even without an appointment.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Down Hurleston Onto The Shroppie

At the top of Hurleston Locks
Going down!

After a stop to use the facilities above Hurleston we were ready to go. A quick descent down the flight of four locks with no lock keeper in sight....he'd probably gone to lunch. Boats passing in the pounds too and the water levels were ok.....very different from our last passage through these locks when we had to let water down as the one pound was so low.

Just a right turn then onto the Shroppie  where Eric picked be up at the bridge hole and then onwards to Nantwich. All the moorings were  full before the aqueduct but we there was room after that, so we pulled in and moored up. Confusing signs though one sign said long term moorings and the next sign showed 48 hour moorings in both directions.

We popped into Nantwich to get some fresh food at Morrison's, taking Ben the dog with us. Eric waited outside with Ben and then we walked back through the park with our rucksacks on our backs. Eric didn't feel too good so were glad to be back on the boat to have a cuppa. 

A quiet night on the embankment and we slept in, not waking until 9.30am.  I took Ben off for a wee then had a shower and got myself up. After breakfast we decided to move as far as Coole Pilate, hoping to get there before the rain. The washing machine washed a load of washing ......well it tried to but stopped at the rinse stage as the water pump switch had been accidentally turned off. The Travel Power is working fine although we do make a point of keeping the revs up to 1200 as much as possibly.

Just moored up before the  rain came and NB Blue Diamond arrived just in time. On the way we saw Linda from Cheshire Cats Narrowboats was showing one of her hirers how to do a lock at Hack Green. She helped us through the top lock. Just moored up before the rain came and not long after NB Blue Diamond pulled in front of us.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Moored At Bridge 5, Llangollen Canal

On Saturday we woke expecting horrendous weather but it was sunny and warm, although we'd had rain in the night.  A walk to the shop to get a paper, milk, bread and chocolate first with Ben the dog. We decided to move onto Bridge 5 with the electric lift bridge at Wrenbury to go through first where I held up just three cars. A walk then to the next lift bridge and back on the boat for a ride to the three Baddiley Locks. The weather got  hotter as we worked through the locks, Ben waited patiently at each lock and then we walked between them.

A ride then to Swanley Locks.....just two to do before we moored up. It was hot inside the boat with doors and windows open too. At eight o'clock the heavy rain and wind came along with thunder and lightening. We knew it was coming by a few earlier rumbles in the distance causing Ben to jump back on the boat. He finds a dark place to go when it thunders usually down the back of the boat. The wind was so fierce we lost our satellite signal but it was soon found again when the storm passed in time for me to watch Casualty. 

A restless night.....I find it difficult to sleep when it's hot! Morning came and we decided to stay put as Eric wanted to watch the Belgium Grand Prix and I wanted a roast for Sunday lunch. So after a short walk, Ben didn't want to go far so we turned round and headed back to the boat. Of course I had a chat with some of the boaters on the moorings, so Eric was wondering where I was.

So the roast is cooking, the Grand Prix is about to start and Ben the dog is fast asleep. Everyone's happy!