Today was another 8.30 am get away. Seems to be the norm for us, to get an earlyish start. We cruised the Shroppie with its iconic high bridges and deep cuttings. Not a favourite of ours though. Lots of embankments with mile upon mile of moored boats and as for those cuttings, we were ever mindful that another boat might come along and force FS and Icing into the offside foliage. Not a problem if the channel was wide enough and if the vegetation had been cut back. Can't see that ever happening!
|Miles upon miles of moored boats.|
|So glad he stopped to let FS and Icing through. What a nice man!|
At Tyrley locks more hold ups. A broken down boat being towed which obviously took that much longer as the stricken boat had to be bow hauled through each lock. And the lady on the boat in front refusing point blank to exit the penultimate lock until the last lock had been made ready. This held everyone up and no amount of pleading would move her. But her stubbornness was foiled when the last lock couldn't be turned round in her favour as a hire boat was on their way up. This meant the boat being bow hauled went into the last lock and she was forced to exit because of the oncoming hire boat. We did eventually find out the reason for her stubbornness. She felt sure she would get stuck on the towpath side because it was too shallow and didn't like to hold the boat mid channel.
|That's the boat on the lock landing.|
|Volunteer lockie only at the top lock. Still, any help is welcome in my book especially when Margaret was also on hand.|
|The lady was forced to exit much to her annoyance|
|That's Icing with Dennis on the helm exiting the lock.|
Arrived at Market Drayton by 2ish and tagged on the end of a long line of moored boats. Shopping today for food and drink (most important) and tomorrow we look for an Argos to replace my defunct blender.
And seen on route,
|Never have I seen such a small narrowboat.|
|someone with a sense of humour.|
|We caught up with the Harris hawk boat. Those hawks were still on their perch.I wonder if they are ever flown?|