|I've not seen swans do this before but this chap seemed to be OK.|
The bright morning promised to be a good one and temperatures started to rise shortly after we left at 8:50am. In fact it got so warm we cruised in t-shirts for the first time without feeling cold.
|Bright sun, little wind and barely a cloud in the sky promised a lovely days cruise.|
|nb King David pairing up with us through the locks|
With Mandy helping Chris with the lock wheeling we made good time through all the locks and through Bunbury staircase, pausing only briefly to let two boats down the staircase. This gave me the opportunity to chat with our friend Steve at Anglo Welsh who was busy cleaning the boats.
We decided not to stop at Barbridge as planned as we had made such good time we would carry on as it was only 2pm. Just as well as the moorings around the Barbridge inn were pretty full being the weekend. Arriving at Hurleston a boat was just clearing the bottom lock, so I was able to go straight in. Only one other boat was descending so we passed each other in the pound.
After the double locks on the way up from Tattenhall, Hurleston's single locks always seem so tight. AmyJo fits in well but there is not much room to spare so entering and leaving has to be done with care.
|Closing the narrow bottom locks and the view back to the Shroppy.|
|The crew of the boat behind chat with Chris as I leave the bottom lock|
|Swapping places in the middle pound|
|The view looking back down the flight|
|View from the top lock|
|Mountbatten breasted up on the outside|
|It looked bad but there were plenty of staff serving to the wait was not too long|
|Snugburys is not only famous for its ice cream but also for its huge display visible for miles|
though this one is not as good as the previous hay sculptures.
|Chris off roads it back to AmyJo while I plod along behind on foot :-)|