Well I must say the Crooke Hall Inn certainly lived up to its reputation. It's a Camera pub but doesn't do the Camera discount. Ian showed his card but as the landlord said, "Our ales are cheap anyway" and at £2.60 a pint he may well be right. The meals came to £18, Liver and Onions for Ian and a Chicken Curry for me and not the usual large plate small portions scenario. Both of us were completely stuffed when we came away. Groan....There goes the weight lose for this week!
We didn't move today. To nice a mooring but did have one downside. Hardly any sun on the solar panels because of the trees along the hedge line so engine had to be run for a few hours today. I went exploring leaving Ian to do our tax returns. No chance of me helping him as the form is nothing but gobbledygook to me.
I must have been out for several hours following this one path. Stopping frequently to take bug photos it was a shame then that the path eventually took me to a main road. So I had to back track instead of doing a circuit. Once back at FS, Ian pointed to the boat opposite and said it was a diesel boat. How good was that as only yesterday Ian mentioned topping up the tank before we went into Liverpool. As there was no sign we wouldn't have guessed it was a fuel boat and it was only because the boat in front was being filled that Ian realised. At 60p litre it was well worth pushing across. Derek Bent is his name on boat Ambush and most mornings he is open for business. You can find him on Lock 13.co.uk He does travel to service some of the residential boats further along the canal but more often then not he is moored by the pub.
I was a bit concerned that our mooring would be taken while we were across getting the diesel so Ian left our mooring pins on the bank, which he hoped would make anyone turning up realise. I expect anyone seeing them would more likely think a boater had left them behind on leaving. All okay though as we were safely back on the mooring by the time another boat turned up.
We will leave tomorrow at some time. Plenty of boats now moored by us all heading in the direction of Liverpool. We may as well let them all get going before we set off. Saves queuing at the locks.
And today's contribution,
- Ian and Irene Jameison
- In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.
- Oh dear. Definitely a senior moment or two!
- Blasted lock...wont budge. Now how are we going to...
- I can say nothing good about these bikers!
- And Ian only said yesterday.......
- Memories from old. Bracken grounded under a bridge...
- First a rant......and then a horrible side of natu...
- A walk on the wildside.
- Someone wasnt happy with us.
- To the Colliery and glorious bugs
- Do we need guiding in!!!
- Crickey. Nearly went the wrong way.
- A 'smashing' time was had.
- A spur of the moment decision
- Not on MY smalls if you please!
- So now we become firefighters!
- Finding the old line Runcorn locks
- Is that a Gruffalo in the woods! And thars pirates...
- Blooming 'eck, only just avoided a seized engine.
- Nerve racking moment.
- Skeletons of the past
- Devils garden surprises us again.
- This bridge just a tad to low.
- Devils Garden mooring....sinister or not.
- To new waters.
- At £8 what a bargain.
- Gosh 2 pumps out of action!
- Relief at Northwich on the Weaver
- Oh no..now what do we do.
- Glad we were going the other way.
- Lazy day.
- OMG! Talk about fun and games at Bunbury
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