Friday, May 23, 2014

Just a short trip…

Waking up this morning I thought that our decision to postpone moving on till today was a big mistake. A heavy shower, driven by a brisk wind, was lashing the surface of the canal outside the porthole. I rolled over and went back to sleep for another hour, by which time it had improved… marginally.

Anyhow, Meg and I didn’t get too wet on our morning walk, and it had faired up a little more by the time we were ready to go. The wind was still with us but at least the rain had eased.

Heading towards Bollington AqueductSAM_9703
Just ahead starts a narrow concrete channel, just wide enough for two boats to pass. This is the site of a major breach in the 1970s which closed the Bridgewater for nearly two years.

We pulled over for water at The Olde Number 3, then pushed on, past the boatyards that line the canal at Hesford.

Smart little vessel outside the boat painterSAM_9706

Just before the underbridge carrying Burford Lane is an old canal warehouse, the far end of which is a residence. The rest of the building is in an advancing state of decay.SAM_9707
It looks worse from the road side…

Someone is a Tolkien fan.
“There and Back Again, a Hobbit’s Tale” is the alternative title of The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien’s first foray into the fantasy world of Middle Earth, published in 1937. It’s enduring charm and appeal means that it’s not been out of print since.

Depending on the weather we had three options today.
  1. Stop at Lymm
  2. Stop at Stockton Heath
  3. Push on to stop near Moore
Although the day was steadily improving there was a Seyella-sized space on the town side moorings at Lymm, and it’s a while since we’ve stopped here, so in we pulled. Mags and I had a gentle walk around the pleasant town in a dry spell this afternoon.

There’s been quite a few boats about, most of them heading towards Sale for a boat gathering at Sale Boat Club this weekend.

Locks 0, miles 3¾

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