Friday, January 15, 2016

That’s a bit more like it!

Proper winter weather. Down to -4½° last night, but it’s been a fine sunny day for the most part, with just a short mid-afternoon shower.

Nine AM, the sun is bright and there’s a skin of ice on the canal.IMG_8305

Low sun = long legs!

It was around half-eleven by the time we got under way, I wanted to get a load more wood chopped and in the front well deck, freeing up as much space as possible on the roof…

…for another load of logs.
With no other boats moving on this stretch, Calverley Embankment is proving to be our own personal fuel dump! It’s just too far away from the nearest road access for the locals.

We only cruised for an hour, including the time taken to fill the roof again, but it was enough time to run a load of washing and put some charge into the batteries.

Moored opposite Apperley Bridge Marina

With such a bright afternoon the solar panels were putting in another 6 amps for a couple of hours, so a short run on tickover this evening should do for power till morning.

After a bit of a shop for a paper and perishables in the morning we’ll toddle off up Dobson’s Locks, top up and empty the appropriate tanks and moor for the weekend.

We were tied up today in time for the BBC lunchtime news. The local round-up included an article about the flood-damaged Elland Bridge, crossing the Calder and Hebble Canal. It appears that replacement of the unrepairable structure is the responsibility of C&RT. That’s going to put a big crimp in the Trust’s budget for the coming year. But what really annoyed me was the interview with the guy from C&RT. Although he spoke about the disruption to the local community and the lengthy and costly replacement, he never once mentioned the canal, also closed because of the damage.
It would have been nice to have the navigation authority’s representative mention the navigation just once, eh.

Locks 0, miles 1¾ 

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