Friday, May 03, 2013

Back towards Marple

On Wednesday we headed north by car, courtesy of Enterprise out of Macclesfield.

Nearly “home”, Whernside and Ingleborough loom aheadSAM_5244
One thing I miss since we moved onto the boat is my regular Sunday morning walk, up Whernside (on the left), across the valley then up Ingleborough, before returning to Ingleton.

We had the mail to pick up, along with Mags’ prescription and a digital TV recorder I’d won on ebay. The old one had developed some odd habits, and this one incorporates a DVD recorder/player, so that’s another device I can got rid of. We also took the opportunity to collect some more photographs that Mags’ son George had stored for us.

Guess who…
Mags’s Mags, aged 17. Wow!

Today we retraced our journey to the deer park moorings near Bridge 6, stopping for a water top up at Higher Poynton on the way.

We crossed wakes with Ali and Baz on NB Mickey JaySAM_5260 Ali and Baz
It looks like there’ll be a photo of us on their blog… Yup, well Meg and me, anyway!

Near Bridge 20, opposite a handy winding hole, there’s a useful spot for a bit of hull and gunwale touching up….
SAM_5264 Painting mooring

While we were topping up the tanks, a chap came up and introduced himself. Chris has his boat on the Victoria Pit moorings, and is a regular blog reader. He got his canal fix online recently when he spent a couple of years working in Australia.
Good to meet you, Chris.

Chris, back on board NB Thomas Talisman as we cruised past.SAM_5267 Chris on Thomas Talisman

That’s about it for a fairly steady cruise, apart from the boat following Chas and Ann (no names, no pack drill) who seemed keen on a close up of M2L’s stern…

The Bulls Head at High Lane is getting a make-over…
SAM_5077 High Lane

SAM_5270 Makeover at High Lane
I think I prefer the white.

Mother Goose expectingSAM_5272 Goose sitting

Dad duck has been polishing his head!
SAM_5271 Shiny Head

Tomorrow we’ll be heading up to Marple, then back onto the Upper Peak Forest for the weekend, stopping somewhere near Strines, all being well. After the Bank Holiday we’ll start dropping down the locks towards Manchester.

Locks 0, miles 5½

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