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5th Aug 2012, 11:05
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
1. Daisy sunshine.
2. Shaggy Scalycap.
3. A galley visitor.
4. Gems amongst the grass.
5. River bank wanderers.
6. More visitors.
23rd Jul 2012, 22:36
1. Primer and undercoat done.
2. Topcoat done.
I stripped and repainted this patch of damaged paint the other day, which has highlighted the contrast between old and new (well it is eight years old). So, over the coming weeks, weather permitting, I'll add a top coat to the rest of the roof.
A couple who happened by the day I applied the topcoat patch told me they'd paid £4k to have the roof of their boat stripped and repainted this time last year, only to find it's now peeling off. Ouch! Mine should last at least another eight years of having coal, logs, a saw- horse, plants and solar panels stored on it (fingers crossed). It's only paint after all.
23rd Jul 2012, 21:56
Moored: Devil's Garden, River Weaver.
1. A narrowboat,viewed from 'wilvir', gives scale to the landscape.
2. The river overlooked by a canopy of dense woodland.
3/4/5. The beauty of the river valley.
The views show just how picturesque the river valley is here, with the flood plains stretching away on either side, bordered by mixed woodland. It's definitely an area of outstanding natural beauty with buzzards calling to each other high above the trees plus a profusion of wild flowers and birds amongst the meadow grasses. I've also found tracks of deer, badger, fox and, better still, hedgehogs.
17th Jul 2012, 17:45
Moored: Devil's Garden, River Weaver
1. Just perfect.
2. Narrowboat 'Alton' pays a visit.
3. Ann-Marie and Brian.
4/5 NB 'Alton' heading home (thanks guys).
Yesterday, Brian and Ann-Marie, aboard their carrier NB 'Alton' (Renaissance Canal Carrying), dropped by as they neared the end of their monthly 10-day delivery run-out before heading back to base on the Macclesfield Canal. Having topped up with diesel, we also bunkered 1.5cwt of coal (a fire is glowing in the grate of the woodburner as I write). Oh, and it's raining!
I've said it before, but I can't praise those two enough for the products, services, advice, news and the good humour they bring with it while going about their business in all weathers. It's very, very much appreciated and an invaluable resource they provide for many boaters living a life of solitude on the cut.
17th Jul 2012, 16:52
Moored: Devils Garden, River Weaver.
1. Being let down Saltersford Lock with a narrowboat astern of us. 'All aboard, room for more inside'; ding, ding.
2. Leaving Saltersford Lock.
3. Heading for their home mooring at Acton Bridge.
4. About to leave Dutton Lock.
5. Passing under Dutton Viaduct.
6. Wide and wild.
We left Barton Cut this morning, heading downstream through Saltersford and Dutton Locks to where the river passes through open countryside. The scenery is spectacular and I easily lose myself in memories of rivers I've been on in Germany, the USA and Canada. And all this in just five miles of cruising to our next destination, Devil's Garden.
The weather was kind to us, if a little overcast, but at least the rain held off and the sun peeped out occasionally from behind the clouds scudding across its face in the stiff breeze.
15th Jul 2012, 20:03