We got underway at 9am as usual leaving Whitchurch arm with no wind and not a cloud in the sky.
|The most photographed lift bridge at Whitchurch. The arm is just of to the right of frame|
|You won't forget me mum will you? He is learning to wait better now but only if mum stays close by.|
We cruised the long straight sections to the last lift bridge before the Junction and for some reason the hire boats behind were nowhere to be seen so we worked the bridge alone and continued on our way. We later found out that their dog had jumped off the boat to chase a pheasant and it took all the crew to round up and get the dog back aboard.
By now the sun was bright and the day pleasantly warm. Even Smudge settled on the aft deck and enjoyed the warmth as we went along. AmyJo seemed to be happy too and purred along nicely. All was well with our lot at last. This is what we dreamed of doing one day and here we were fulfulling the dream.
|A rare moment for Smudge to be settled|
|Were are all the boaters?|
|Not a soul about.|
|Can't pass Prees without a picture of the house.|
|The marshes were well flooded after all the rain|
|At last! A boat going the other way.|
At Hampton bank we were passed by what can best be described as a floating skip. This is a digger and the two crew, covered in mud, looked miserable having a hard time steering the thing which barely made way through the water. I certainly felt for them. No shelter if it rained for them.
|A rather ungainly looking vessel.|
|Dinghies on Cole Mere. Would like to sail here, looks fun.|
|Passing by the Meres, a really pretty section we both look forward to.|
|We both feel from here on the canal gets prettier by the mile|
|Entering Ellesmere tunnel|
|I think Chris quite enjoyed the walk as she kept ahead of AmyJo and I.|
|AmyJo is squeezed in fourth boat along|
|I too have happy memories of moments just like this with granddad.|