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Whispers on water - a photo journal of our life on the 'cut' dedicated to keeping family and friends informed of our whereabouts.

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How Time Flies........

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1. The view from a most enjoyable enforced stay at Barton.
2. Martin, overcome by the warmth and caress of the afternoon sun (probably more to do with the full english, large slices of carrot cake, plentiful snacks, fresh air and with dinner yet to come).
3. Our farewell Sunday lunch at Anderton marina. (l-r Brenda, Virginia and Martin)

This time last week we were with our 'landlubber' friends Martin and Brenda who had driven from Pitstone on the Grand Union Canal to spend the weekend with us.

In torrential rain we dropped down from the Trent & Mersey Canal onto the River Weaver courtesy of the Anderton Lift and over the next couple of days planned to head downstream to where the River joined the Manchester Ship Canal below Runcorn, with a couple of night stops in-between, before heading back up to the Trent & Mersey and dropping our friends off at Anderton Marina, where they had left their car.

How wrong we were. Having moored up, soaked to our nether regions, for our first night at Barton, we awoke Saturday morning to the sun ablaze in a clear blue sky and headed down to Saltersford Locks. I'd noticed the flow of the river had increased overnight as I turned the boat downstream, but thought nothing of it until we were approaching the locks, and hailed by the skipper of a boat moored on the lock pontoon; this we were fast approaching in the strong flow as I began the turn to come alongside and moor facing upstream. He informed us, or rather shouted across to us, that the river was now closed to traffic and there would be no passage through the locks until Sunday at the earliest. The non-stop rain overnight had swollen the River Dane feeding into the Weaver at Northwich and, with the previous weeks rain, the river was now in a dangerous condition and boaters were advised to moor up in a safe location and wait for an update. That was it!

So on a lovely Saturday morning we made our way back to the Barton mooring to moor up out of the main flow of the river. And there we stayed until it was time to return to Anderton on Sunday. All in all a great weekend irrespective of the weather but with the excuse to do it again as originally planned. Rain permitting.
14th Jul 2012, 13:56   comments (0)

Just Passing Time

Moored: T&M;, B196-B193
1. Waiting for the half-hour to begin our passage through Saltersford Brook tunnel.
2. Room for one only.
3. Marbury Country Park.
4. Gunner creeping up on a rabbit just ahead of him.
5. Just one of those 'elegant' little bridges I come across from time to time.
8th Jul 2012, 13:56   comments (5)

When The Sun Shines...

Moored: T&M; B212-B211
1. Above Dutton Lock.
2. Dutton Viaduct Crossing the River Weaver.
3/4. Delamere Way footbridge.
5. The River Weaver upstream of Dutton Lock.
6. A River Weaver hulk.

A few days back we moored on the canal contour above the River Weaver valley to enjoy a few days of fine weather and even finer walks down to and along the river.

I also caught some fine little roach here on pinched bread, but there seems to be a scarcity of fish that cause the pulse to race as the float dips and the rod bends to the challenge of a spirited adversary. There are tales of a lot of fish being taken for the 'pot' by eastern europeans. A sad end for the specimen fish that once inhabited these waters.
5th Jul 2012, 19:01   comments (6)

'If You Go Down to The Woods Today.............?'

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29th Jun 2012, 19:51   comments (2)

This'll Do Us

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25th Jun 2012, 23:44   comments (0)


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I came across this fine example of a Stinkhorn while walking through woods this evening. The Stinkhorn is edible at a stage when it looks like a large white egg. I got to it half a day to late. As it matures it has a certain pong to it too, as the name implies.
24th Jun 2012, 20:15   comments (5)

Sunshine on a Rainy Yesterday.

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What is it that makes wild flowers so special?
24th Jun 2012, 11:48   comments (0)

Captain Whippy?

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24th Jun 2012, 10:29   comments (1)