Yesterday we stayed put a few bridges up from Hurleston Locks as the weather forecast was grim. Ben and I managed a walk down to Hurleston Reservoir without getting wet, although there was plenty of water in the reservoir. I enjoyed walking around it's perimeter with the wind blowing off the Cheshire Plain and then back along the towpath to the boat. Ben decided to bark at the BW man checking boat numbers on his computer, but he said he usually spooks dogs as he was dressed all in black, so was used to being barked at.
Today it was a different day, no wind and sunshine! We decided to go down to Hurleston and use the facilities before working through the locks. We had a chat to Linda (ex Lockie) who now runs Cheshire Cat Narrowboats at the Top Lock. She's lucky enough to live in the lock cottage with Mark (Yellow Van) a marine engineer who has helped us many times with the Mikuni and water pumps.
No lock keeper at Hurleston Locks today which was unusual and it wasn't dinner time. But no problems going down as long as you don't leave any fenders down.We had one problem though.... I thought the washing machine had failed until we realised we were trying to run it off the 1800 watt inverter rather than the Travelpower........so that's why it wouldn't go. It was soon doing a load of washing as we headed for Nantwich.
Ben and I walked the towpath to the embankment where we hoped to find a big enough space to moor, but there were quite a few smaller spaces but no room for us. We needed to stop to get some fresh food and we were in luck as there was one space on the visitor moorings after the Aqueduct and we just fitted. So Ben stayed on the boat and we walked into Nantwich. An hour or so later the fridge was restocked but we decided to stay put until tomorrow......let's hope we miss the rain!