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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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Always Look on the Wild Side of Life

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   comments (1)

Running Repairs

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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   comments (0)

Scales of Life

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   comments (0)

Devil's Garden

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   comments (1)

Moving On

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   comments (1)

Wandering Off at Barton

Moored: Barton Cut.

1. A breezy evening.
2. The Weaver navigation running the colour of plain chocolate.
3. The golden glow of ripening wheat below Saltersford Locks.
4. The River Weaver bypassing Saltersford Locks
5. Saltersford Locks.
15th Jul 2012, 20:02   comments (2)

Back on the Weaver

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Moored: Barton Cut.

1. Anderton Lift (Cathedral of the Canals), going down.
2. Anderton Lift, passing the ascending caisson.
3. Bullocks grazing the towpath next to the boat at Barton.
4. Freshly picked wild raspberries.

We descended the Anderton Lift again on Tuesday to explore the solitude the River Weaver affords boaters who enjoy the peace and beauty of a river bedecked in summers full bloom.

We never tire of visiting this majestic meandering waterway.
14th Jul 2012, 14:52   comments (0)

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)