We had a wander into the Mill shop before setting off this morning as we wanted to get a couple of canal maps and one of those oval metal plaques of the Montgomery canal as we seem to have started collecting them. Not sure where I'll mount them yet, probably in the back cabin somewhere.
We set off and fortunately the Lift bridge worked first go. Probably because two C&RT engineers were in attendance. They were only too pleased to lift the bridge for us as it gave them a chance to test it. A similar occurrence at the next lift bridge saw a boater's wife wait for us to go through even though there would have been plenty of time for her to lower it and get on their way before we got there. Naturally we thanked her profusely for her kind patience.
|Lady boater works the lift bridge for us.|
Just short of Baddiley locks Chris spotted these young lambs and their mothers. One lamb was happily playing with a cheeky Crow, chasing it and then being chased in return by the Crow. Both seemed quite content with their game. Unfortunately the Crow flew away as we approached close enough for a photo opportunity.
|Playful lamb with crow just out of shot|
|Moving so fast Chris just caught this short by chance|
All the Baddiley locks were against us so we took our time as no one was about. At Swanley locks a few boats were coming up so we had these in our favour. Up to now it had been very quiet with few boats on the move but this all changed as we rounded the corner for the run to Hurleston Locks. Boat after boat after boat lined the towpath all the way down to the locks. Not sure why so many but all seemed set to stay for the day. Various painting and cleaning jobs were taking place. Some were just sitting out enjoying the freedom the weekend provides.
|Moored boats all the way to the top lock|
It was just as busy in the locks themselves. As we descended each lock we crossed in the pound with another boat coming up. There were far more boats ascending than going down so mid way down the pounds we getting lower. AmyJo barely made it out of the third lock down bumping on the sill as she exited
|A busy day at Hurleston|
|Pulling in to pick Chris up. Looks like I'm going to hit but|
was mid turn as I winded round and got stern in to let Chris board.
Now we only have two days left of this cruise the three of us (yes including AmyJo) are starting to slow down as we get closer to Tattenhall though for AmyJo this is probably because the canal here is much wider and no flow with us, so progress just appears slower.
Seems none of us want to go back as we're enjoying ourselves cruising. Perhaps we should have turned right instead of left at Hurleston Chris!
One day soon my dear ... one day :-)