By time I got out of bed the boat was disappearing into the fog that shrouded us. They must have come down the lock and been in a hurry to meet a deadline to be back at the hire base which I doubt they could make. It looked like one of the ABC Leisure boats from Wrenbury Mill. Their boats have been a real pain all week. Not one of them slowing down as they pass. Oblivious of the consequences of their actions they just smile and wave. One was going so fast he laughed as AmyJo lurched. He got a right mouthful from me and he looked very sheepish as he carried on. I'll be looking out for him down the line.
|The fog was masking the lock from view.
A quiet run down to Frankton junction passing the occasional hire boat. No locking is allowed at weekends onto the Montgommery so no boats waiting there this time.
|Deserted Frankton locks
|Grassy humps along the waters edge
|Every log was cut to identical length and size then stacked ever so neatly
In fact the chap filling our tank, in conversation, confirmed our suspicion and told us bookings for the hire fleet have indeed shot up as a result of the Carry on Barging program. All their boats were out last week and all were leaving today. Silly season is well on the way now on the Llangollen canal.
At 3pm we stopped in our favourite mooring spot at Blake Mere but shortly after mooring we were invaded by fishermen who set up tents blocking any view of the lake and shot stabbing glances at us every time we made a noise, which only made us make more of course :-)
We took Smudge for a walk and found another nice mooring spot further on at Cole Mere so moved the mile downstream.
|Fishermen starting to set up camp right outside
|AmyJo on her Cole Mere Mooring
|Lime Kiln Cottage marks the start of a circular lake walk.
|The Cole Mere from the opposite bank
|Cole Mere Sailing Club in the distance
Having worn the three of us out we sat in the cratch with a drink watching the world speed by. Literally, every boat except one (all hire boats) passed at a rate of knots. The one that did not, interestingly, is the only one helmed by a young lady. (No I'm not going to start a sexist debate either!) I swear if this continues I will do the same in future. I know, that's not helping is it. I'll still slow and show them the correct way to pass.
|Eventual peace and calm.