Well, well, well, who would have thought today would turn out decent for a change. Its been a week of high winds, torrential rain and fighting to keep Merlin going in a straight line without crabbing. To have one day of calm conditions even though it's our final day, was a pleasure. The wind finally blew itself out late last night and apart from some
rain around 3am it has been dry all day.
Setting off a little later then usual, I insisted that I did some of the locks today. Ian was somewhat
hurting after all those locks yesterday so it was the drugs for me and amazed what a couple of decent
pain killers will achieve. I even plucked up the courage to jump across the
bottom gates. Always did that when I was more able bodied but recently I
lost my nerve somewhat. Anyway I did the last 4 at Audlem and Ian
insisted he did the final 2 at Hack Green.
|About to leave Audlem|
|Ian at the helm for a change|
|Now which way do I wind it??? Been a while you see>|
|This picture had us baffled. Can you see why???|
|Hack Green locks|
More boat movement today now that Christmas is over and it was lovely to pass the time of day with other boaters. One we unfortunately didn't get to say hello to was Tom and Jan Waiouru
Moored by the Old Barbridge Inn there didnt appear to be anyone on board. Gone to the pub maybe???
We really enjoyed this, our
last day of the Merlin move and all there was left to do after mooring up for the night was the big clean up and to pack our belongings. Moored just past Calverley ready to sail into Anglo Welsh yard first thing tomorrow. No more boat moves on the cards right now unless, that is, we get a call from Carl sometime in the New Year. Trouble is many of the stoppages don't come off until March so we wait and see.
12 miles and 6 locks
Photos taken on the journey,
|And one of the wooden sculptors along the embankment|
|Hurleston locks on the Llangollen|
Wildlife on route,