Not long after we had breakfast a well known face with two very well known little doggies appeared on the foot bridge. Paul, Brombo and Sam of The Manly Ferry blog (click) had come to visit. Paul is camping in Macclesfield as Elaine his wife is very poorly in hospital. We have been in contact and so we invited Paul to come see us.
We whiled away the morning talking boats and things and tried to keep things as light as possible. Paul is thinking of coming back onto the canals some day and we talked a bit about that too. We then gave Paul the guided tour of AmyJo and he left to visit Elaine. Our prayers are with them in this most difficult of times. Hopefully we'll see Paul again for a drink and maybe a visit to Elaine if possible on our return as we make our way back to the Trent and Mersey canal.
|Paul and the doggies. Sorry I could not get them in without chopping some heads off..... That sounded so wrong.|
|High Street and location of many of the towns restaurants.|
|Clarence mill nestling in the trees.|
|Look very carefully at the horizon and you'll just make out Blackpool Tower in the centre|
|Beyond these hill one can just see Manchester and Bollington is below us.|
|Chris and I at the white Nancy|
In the mid-1940s, the Royal Signal Corps Trials Unit based at Catterick would drive a truck-mounted dish-shaped transmitter/receiver up to White Nancy. Here they tested cathode-ray tube transmission and reception (data-based, not images), to a mobile receiving station on another truck. The receiver would be driven further and further south over time, until eventually the lads at White Nancy were sending a signal to the south coast of the country. Locals told the signallers that the landmark was named after the lead horse that had transported all the materials for the building of White Nancy.
|More views from White Nancy|
|Could not resist this Arty shot of the Nancy|
|White Nancy viewed from our mooring on the canal|
Yesterday was spent looking for somewhere to have a meal for our friend's 60th birthday. Vicki would be visiting and we wanted to celebrate her birthday with a surprise. Trouble is hubby Derek is quite fussy in what he eats so our quest ended up being a some what of a pub crawl round the town to find a suitable menu.
After trying several pubs we stumbled (almost literally) across the Church House Inn. A quiet unassuming little pub with plain decor but don't be fooled, the landlord keeps an excellent pint of ale and the food is some of the best we've had in awhile. Its also good value for money too so a bonus! Its well worth the 10 minute walk for the moorings believe me.
The meal was a great success and a great evening was had by all. The walk back to AmyJo a little un-steadier than going to say the least
|Birthday girl Vicki on the left, hubby Derek to Chris's right and daughter Claire (bear) behind me.|
|The Church house Inn, Chapel Street. A must when you visit Bollington|
The rest of the evening was still quite warm so we sat out on the towpath to let our dinner go down.
|Replete and relaxed after diner party|
|Little Doris Duck makes friends with Claire.|
|Both quakers alright|