1. A lady Gatekeeper.
2. A ragged looking male Gatekeeper.
24th Aug 2012, 13:45
Two examples of canal-side 'honesty box' home and farm produce for sale. Delicious jams, scones, cakes, fruit, pies, local meat products and vegetables. A joy to peruse and buy from.
24th Aug 2012, 13:34
Moored: B29-B28, Shropshire Union.
1. Just us at Bramble Cut.
2. An overgrown stretch of the Trent and Mersey.
3. Passing the gateway to the Llangollen Canal at Hurleston Locks.
4. This balloon took off from the field behind us at Hack Green.
5. Moored just north of Market Drayton awaiting the arrival of Andy and Hilary.
6. Neil accepting his 50p winnings from our little fishing wager.
7. (l-r) Hilary, Andy and Ginny.
We've put a few hours cruising behind us over the past week or two since leaving Bramble Cut on the Trent & Mersey; we're now moored at Gnosall to wait out the Bank Holiday weekend before continuing south.
On the way here Jim and Helen came by road to visit us for lunch at Hack Green on the 'Shroppie'. We'd parted company at Dunham Massey some weeks back and they have since put little 'Val' on the market to trade up to a bigger boat. Hack Green is the site of a 'Secret Nuclear Bunker'; well worth a visit and don't be put off by what seems to be just a drab concrete building. It's a 'Tardis' of cold war history and exhibits.
Moving on, literally, we moored with great friends Hilary and Andy aboard their narrowboat 'Maisibert' for four days just north of Market Drayton. We're going in opposite directions so it was great to spend time together.
Neil, A good friend made during our time on the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union last year, also dropped by on Sunday to spend a few hours with us before returning home to Wilstone after visiting his Mum in Wrexham.
So after a busy few days (for us), here we are moored south of Gnosall in the peace and tranquility of open countryside. The silence only disturbed by the drone of an engine from a passing aeroplane, narrowboat or far-off tractor making hay while the sun shines.
23rd Aug 2012, 22:29
1. A Blackbird fledgling. Gunner found him amongst the grass of an overgrown footpath
2. Sutton Swing Bridge 'rust-work' (what a shame).
3. A narrowboat keeps to the starboard main channel.
4. A bend in our wake.
5. Heading towards Dutton Lock.
6. Making for Vale Royal.
5th Aug 2012, 17:43
What a great Olympics we're having.
5th Aug 2012, 11:20
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4th Aug 2012, 12:02
Moored: B177-B176 Trent and Mersey Canal.
1. About to enter the 'Cathedral of the Canals'.
2. 'Bramble Cut'
3. The 'tipping' track.
After spending a fantastic month revisiting and exploring the River Weaver we booked an 'up' passage on the Anderton Lift to moor overnight at Marbury Park on the T&M; Canal just east of Anderton. The following morning we headed for Middlewich and are currently moored at 'Bramble Cut' for the weekend, where there are secluded offside moorings provided by the Canal and River Trust and superbly maintained by 'Broken Cross Boat Club'.
Bramble Cut was originally a clay pit with the clay used to 'puddle' the lining of the Trent & Mersey Canal. Part of the tipping track is still in-situ and was used to load the barges.
4th Aug 2012, 11:42