1. A Blackbird fledgling. Gunner found him amongst the grass of an overgrown footpath
2. Sutton Swing Bridge 'rust-work' (what a shame).
3. A narrowboat keeps to the starboard main channel.
4. A bend in our wake.
5. Heading towards Dutton Lock.
6. Making for Vale Royal.
5th Aug 2012, 17:43
What a great Olympics we're having.
5th Aug 2012, 11:20
5th Aug 2012, 11:05
4th Aug 2012, 12:02
Moored: B177-B176 Trent and Mersey Canal.
1. About to enter the 'Cathedral of the Canals'.
2. 'Bramble Cut'
3. The 'tipping' track.
After spending a fantastic month revisiting and exploring the River Weaver we booked an 'up' passage on the Anderton Lift to moor overnight at Marbury Park on the T&M; Canal just east of Anderton. The following morning we headed for Middlewich and are currently moored at 'Bramble Cut' for the weekend, where there are secluded offside moorings provided by the Canal and River Trust and superbly maintained by 'Broken Cross Boat Club'.
Bramble Cut was originally a clay pit with the clay used to 'puddle' the lining of the Trent & Mersey Canal. Part of the tipping track is still in-situ and was used to load the barges.
4th Aug 2012, 11:42
1. Daisy sunshine.
2. Shaggy Scalycap.
3. A galley visitor.
4. Gems amongst the grass.
5. River bank wanderers.
6. More visitors.
23rd Jul 2012, 22:36
1. Primer and undercoat done.
2. Topcoat done.
I stripped and repainted this patch of damaged paint the other day, which has highlighted the contrast between old and new (well it is eight years old). So, over the coming weeks, weather permitting, I'll add a top coat to the rest of the roof.
A couple who happened by the day I applied the topcoat patch told me they'd paid £4k to have the roof of their boat stripped and repainted this time last year, only to find it's now peeling off. Ouch! Mine should last at least another eight years of having coal, logs, a saw- horse, plants and solar panels stored on it (fingers crossed). It's only paint after all.
23rd Jul 2012, 21:56
Moored: Devil's Garden, River Weaver.
1. A narrowboat,viewed from 'wilvir', gives scale to the landscape.
2. The river overlooked by a canopy of dense woodland.
3/4/5. The beauty of the river valley.
The views show just how picturesque the river valley is here, with the flood plains stretching away on either side, bordered by mixed woodland. It's definitely an area of outstanding natural beauty with buzzards calling to each other high above the trees plus a profusion of wild flowers and birds amongst the meadow grasses. I've also found tracks of deer, badger, fox and, better still, hedgehogs.
17th Jul 2012, 17:45