Christmas day, what a truly enjoyable day. Got up late, cooked a full English Breakfast (photo shown on yesterdays post). Then once the pub opened we joined the masses to enjoy a drink or two. Then back to the boat to cook Christmas dinner, no turkey but chicken breasts with all the trimmings. Lovely!!!!
|Off to the pub. He is happy honest.|
|The Christmas mooring at Coldstone.|
|Almost the same photo as the breakfast one but this time Christmas dinner.|
So today, having had another disturbed night with Merlin bouncing against the side, we set off around 8.30ish. Another windy day which made the locks challenging. Every lock on the Tyrley Flight, Adderley flight and Audlem flight had to be filled and Ian must have walked miles by going backward and forward setting them ahead for me. Even so I rattled quite a few going in. Glad I was descending though because the amount of water flowing down them by-washes was something else! By the time we reached lock 11 I could see how exhausted Ian was. I do so wish I was fit enough to help with them and take some of the pressure off Ian. Roll on end of January when I see the consultant about my hip again. Anyway, we found suitable mooring between lock 11 and 12 and secured Merlin. Only trouble, that wind again. It is blowing side on to Merlin and although Ian has tried to rig a fender from the rope, the bank is so uneven it's not doing much good. Lets hope the met office predicted drop in wind happens earlier then later tonight!
Some photos of the journey,
|It;s a selfie|
|Them by-washes, ferocious|
|Fencing all in place ready for the stoppage starting on the 4th Jan|
|And these locks certainly need some TLC|
|Another vicious by-wash on the Audlem flight|
|By lock 7 Audlem flight.|