This morning we were invited onto Oakapple for coffee before we left so I fired up AmyJo's engine to charge up the batteries and we went to say our fairwells.
An hour later and agreeing to catch up again one day we left just as Linda on nb Kanbedun Again came to say goodbye. It was lovely to have a leaving party to see us off and a little sad as we have thoroughly enjoyed their company over the last few days. Look forward to seeing you all again some day.
|Linda (left), Richard and Sharon come to see us off.|
|The last we saw of our mooring before turning the corner|
|Ready to receive us and the two cheerful Lock keepers|
|Who you looking at....|
This stretch of river between Vale Royal and Hunts Lock downstream has several boat building yards along the banks. One is Yarwoods who for years built many narrowboats and Brunners (they were the successors of the original Weaver steam packets and were sometimes known as ‘Brunners’ from the salt and chemical company ‘Brunner Mond’).
From 1920 W J Yarwood & Sons built barges & coasters and gave them local names like Hatchmere, Pickmere and Redesmere. These traded along the Weaver, Mersey & the west coast. In 1934 the company made the headlines when they undertook the construction of an aircraft supply vessel, 'Aquarius', under the supervision of Aircraftman Shaw, aka 'Lawrence of Arabia'
|We last saw Abbott at the Northwich festival 4 years ago when Jo and Keith on Hadar were here.|
|Moored up at Carey Park moorings|
|One bank of 6 batteries wired for 24 volts|
|Our view from AmyJo of the lift this afternoon|
|The setting sun lights up the trees.|
|Our moorings seen from along the tow path|
|My favourite picture so far - the Anderton lift basks in the sunset.|