FS was surprisingly stable last night, not to much rocking and banging on the pontoon, even though the wind and those waves got worse as the evening wore on. The skies stayed clear and the sunset over the Manchester Ship Canal was pretty spectacular. Even the pipes on the chemical works emitted a red glow. Going walkabout that late at night did me no good though, as my arms, legs and upper torso had been attacked by some sort of biting insects. I must have 14 large red itchy swellings which is driving me crazy. Slapping on the 'after bite' cream is helping but I reckon I'm in for another bad night. Note to oneself. Do not go out in shorts and skimpy T shirt when the light starts to fade.
With rain forecast for later today we left very early, just after 7.30am. Thought we would try and be moored before it arrived. First we stopped at the Sutton facilities.
|Elsan is behind the hut.|
|Facilities between the two bridges|
And then the rain arrived around 1ish and hasn't yet let up yet. Reckon this could well be in for the rest of the day and evening. Glad we are moored and relatively safe. With nothing to do, TV put on and a film selected.We now wait for better weather to come, hopefully that will be tomorrow.
footnote:- Comment left by Ditchcrawler mentioning the Hulks at Sutton Swing bridge by a disused Level lock so will probably wind round once the rain has stopped and go try to find them.
And a few on route photos.
|Dark skies ahead and plenty of steam from the chemical works|
|After all that wind yesterday, the river today was dead calm.|
|Weir goes off to the right.|
And the wildlife,
|Shell Duck chicks|
|synchronized flying. Tufted Ducks|