Thursday, November 07, 2013

An Autumn Cruise

Leaving Whixall Marina on the Prees Branch

Approaching the 2nd lift bridge
Today we woke to a lovely sunny day with no wind so the first task of the day after breakfast was to take the boat and fill up with diesel. Last night the diesel central heating wouldn't come on so we knew we were on half a tank of fuel, and as soon as it was full again the heating worked.
Since we were disconnecting from our umbilical cord the shoreline, we decided to make the best of the weather and have an Autumn Cruise. I know it'll rain tomorrow but sometimes it's great to be cruising although it's all too tempting to stay put. But boats are meant to be used for cruising although in the winter we're quite happy to stay put.
Ben and I walked while Eric steered the boat, two lift bridges to raise and lower and I haven't done that for a while. With one thing and another the boat hasn't done any cruising for months. Eric's arm's much better but he must remember not to pull any ropes with his left arm.
A view of Blakemere
It started to get a bit cold as we passed Lyneal Wharf but not far to go.  We passed Blakemere where just one boat was moored up. Then it was a quick trip  through the tunnel. The tunnel light got temperamental....must be a loose connection as when I opened the electricals cupboard door it worked.

Approaching Ellesmere
Soon Eric was cruising towards Ellesmere, Ben and I jumped off after the tunnel to stretch our legs. Now we're moored up opposite the Services at Ellesmere and we only met two moving boats on the way here.

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