Had a meal at Willeymoor lock tavern last night. Very good value (roughly £8 for good pub grub) and delicious. We even indulged in a pud, there goes the diet again!
It rained on and off all night with sudden torrential bursts that sounded like the roof was being shot blasted. This morning though, the sun shone and not a breath of wind.... well not until much later that is.
|Wrenbury Frith lift bridge.|
|Approaching Wrenbury Frith lift bridge|
|The chap tried to find another way round without luck.|
|Stern hauling it back|
At Wrenbury mechanised lift bridge we caught up with them again. The bridge was already in operation with a boat coming through. The hire boat went next closely followed by me. But as I reached the bridge a hand was raised indicating that I should wait. Couldn't understand why as Icing was hot on FS's tail and I was almost on the hire boats back button but down went the bridge anyway. As I understand it, the 'one and only' car driver waiting was getting very irate at being held up and made it known to the lady operator. No more than three boats should go through at any one time but I was the third and it would only have been 30 seconds later that Dennis would have made it through. If it had been me operating the bridge I may have said a few choice words to the lady car driver and then left it open for the rest of the boats.
A queue greeted us at Braddiley locks. I volunteered Ian to do these only because he was wearing walking boots and I just had my trainers. You may well ask why? Well the ground was sodden all along the towpath to the lock as well as the mini swimming pool that greeted you right where one would have to stand to open the lock gate, made him the obvious choice!
Got windier and windier the later the day progressed and for once I didn't mind one bit. A break in a hedge near to Hurleston and there, in the field, a tractor with a long hose attached spraying liquid manure over the crops. 'Good country smells' as Ian would say but not that close to the canal. Glad the wind was blowing in away from me.
Had anyone else become aware of the sheer amount of acorns on the Oak trees this year? Not just acorns but all the fruits along the hedgerows. The sloes are ripe and ready now for the picking. We normally pick late September early October, just means we can start the gin much earlier.
Reached Hurleston and found the facilities still to be out of order. Bit of a worry as our Nicholson show Barbridge junction to be water and rubbish only. This means our next place to empty the loo is at Wheellock 15 miles and 7 locks away. We wanted to stay overnight at Middlewich so some crossing of legs may be needed in the next day or so!
|Gold crest in hiding|