Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Polishing The Boat On The Middlewich Branch

On Tuesday we left our mooring at Coole Pilate heading for Hack Green Locks where we queued to use the pair of locks but at least it was dry and warm. Ben and I walked there and to the outskirts of Nantwich, getting on just in time as there was a very muddy section of towpath. Next to one of the sections of 48's in Nantwich before the aqueduct is a building site so there was room, but we didn't want to listen to the noise. 

There wasn't any room further on so we watered up at the services, did a cassette and then it absolutely emptied down giving us an unexpected soaking. But we  continued on our way past Hurleston Junction where the Llangollen joins the Shroppie, and took a right turn at Barbridge Junction to join the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. We didn't go far just stopping before Cholmondeston Lock on the 48's.

On Wednesday we worked through the lock, luckily we didn't have to wait but there was a queue of four boats waiting to come up the lock. Down below the lock is the home of Venetian Marina Village which is undergoing improvements with new piers replacing the old wooden ones. Ben and I had our morning walk in lovely sunshine, while the washing machine did a load as Eric cruised. Minshull Lock was busy too but lots of helpers with six boats waiting to come up.

We moored up just past Aqueduct Marina as Eric wanted to use the Craftmaster Carnauba Wax Polish on the other side of the boat. So Eric's busy, the washing is blowing in the wind and I'm keeping an eye on the weather, ready to get the washing in if we have another unexpected downpour.

It makes a difference!

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