Well, the first day of September today and it’s been a cracker! Blue skies, warm sunshine, let’s hope that this is what we’ve to look forward to this month.
No cruising today; the cross-bed support sections still had to be varnished and today was a good day for it. And there was some paintwork to touch up.
Around lunchtime there was the unmistakeable chug-chug of a vintage engine coming around the corner, NB Huffler had arrived, closely followed by Jola No6 and Charlotte.
I was expecting them, they said they’d be stopping here tonight, ready for an early start for their Ribble crossing tomorrow.
The “Braunston Boats” and Seyella sandwiched.
There are 3 generations of rough collies and 3 cats in the convoy, and Meg had a good time getting to know the dogs and avoiding the cats.
There’s a large industrial complex across the fields from us, not visible from the boat and not noisy. But this sign up on Bridge 25 had me intrigued.
On the OS maps is merely identified as “Works”, which covers anything from sewage works to steelworks.
A websearch turned up the information that it’s Westinghouse Springfields Fuels Ltd.
From their website:-
Springfields, near Preston, has provided nuclear fuel fabrication services since the mid-1940's - in fact it was the first plant in the world to produce fuel for a commercial power station. The site has witnessed many changes over the years and today it is run and operated by Springfields Fuels Limited, under the management of Westinghouse Electric UK Limited.
That explains the sign…..
Tomorrow looks like a dry morning, damp afternoon then drying up again for the evening. Still warm though.
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I’m running The Great North Run to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.