Two young swans were minding their own business near a patch of reeds when around the corner came this guy….
The two intruders flew off over the treetops, while the victor just sat looking smug.
We moved off at around 10:00, crossing Billinge Green Flash.
That’s all we usually see of them!
There’s an interesting article here about it’s possible origins.
From the flashes the canal becomes less rural, as it heads around Northwich. There’s a short built up area at Broken Cross (near where Seyella was built) then the extensive Brunner Mond factory appears, straddling the canal with gantries of pipework.
Wincham Wharf, home of Harrall Brokerage is always busy, and they have an impressive boat lift.
Just along from Harrall is another cluster of boats around Olympus Narrowboats, Colliery Narrowboats, and M&I Marine.
But Mum had one eye open….
After Marston’s Lion Salt Works we passed one of our regular mooring spots on the edge of Marbury Wood, but today we needed to press on to Anderton for water and loo emptying.
We were frozen in here for about 10 days in January 2010.
I tried to get a picture of an angler but he kept doing this…..
But then he posed majestically on the footbridge for me.
Just before the services NB Norseman was displaying an impressive array of solar panels to catch morning, noon and afternoon sunshine.
I hope he’s better at that than running the government…..
There’re all moored up in Anderton!
So Mooring Plan A and Mooring Plan B both went out of the window.
Mooring Plan C was to stop near Barnton Bridge and I thought we might be struggling here as well, but we just managed to sneak in on the end.
No rings here, so pins are required. Knocking the first in, the head fell off my hammer, but it was far enough home to be secure. The bow is attached to one of the safety bars let into the concrete coping. Luckily Barnton DIY had a replacement for me….
Locks 0, miles 6½