Last nights BBQ of sausages, steak and corn on the cob, went down very well with a glass or two of white wine. Lovely sunset made for a glorious evening. Got a bit chilly as the sun went down so glad in away to depart inside.
This morning and a lovely scene before we set off.
An interesting day and quite unexpected as little did we know we would be riding a steam locomotive later.
So we pulled pins around 9ish and knew the locks would be in our favour as we watched a boat coming up the flight from our moorings. The turn back onto the Caldon was a sharp right hand bend which took several reversing attempts.
|A very sharp bend onto the Caldon and down towards Froghall|
The long whistle of a steam locomotive. We knew the Churnet Valley railway ran along the length of the Caldon but didn't realise it was running today. So if one can high tail it to Cheddleton station on a narrowboat, that is exactly what we did arriving just in time to hear it coming into the station. Never have we locked up FS so quick and raced to the station to purchase a ticket.
At Froghall station the loco changed from pushing to pulling. Snapping away on my camera I happened to catch this.
|Was that a stupid thing to do? Well no as the locomotive was stationary at the time. Looks dramatic though!|
Made excellent progress going with the flow and with 20 minutes to spare, found the ideal place to moor and wait. Got the photos with the Locomotive in both directions. Ian stood at one end of FS while I stood at the other. Took a wait of about 50 minutes but well worth it especially as the chances of ever getting that again would be slim.
Winded (turned) before the tunnel entrance and walked down to have a look. Hmmmm, can see why that barrier was in place!
And a Pheasant and Partridge shoot was going on. Glad to see those flying over the canal getting away but some Partridge hid on the towpath. Us turning up sent them back toward the dogs.