Shortly after leaving and as we approached a bridge we heard the familiar "ting ting" of a bicycle bell. This heralded the start of what was to be an immense group of cyclists going full pelt. God help anyone walking as they would have been bowled over as they passed.
|This is but a few of the cyclists|
|Scarisbrick Marina coffee shop|
|Barely 6 inches free-board on this house boat|
For those of us moored in Tattenhall Marina, you think our entrance is tight try this one. Room for only a 55 footer to swing, AmyJo barely got in and out and took several shuffles to get round. To make things more awkward there are iron railings on the banks either side with 90 degree corners as you exit.
|Only 50 foot ahead and not much space to turn|
At Hallsal on the approaches to Magull is this sculpture of a Canal Navvi can be found. The stone sculpture by Thomson Dagnell is on the site where the first sod was cut for the canal on the 5th November 1770 by Col. Mordaunt. The Statue was unveiled 2006 to commemorate the work of the predominantly Irish "Navvies" (Navigators). Unfortunately from this angle those with dirty minds may think the Navvy is not holding a shovel.
|That is a shovel by the way, I checked.|
Magull looked quite nice and the gardens and moorings well maintained. Here the Mersey Motor Boat Club dominates with nearly all the long term mooring space owned by them. Plenty of Yoghurt pots (sorry plastic cruisers, no offence intended) are moored along here
|Some nice cruisers on well tended moorings.|
One has to negotiate no less than 5 swing bridges in Magull. The first two like this one arlectrified. The only obstacle was the large group of canoeists that took ages to move so I could pass through. It wasn't until I was almost about to run them down did they get out of the way.
|At this point they were just launching and by the time I got there they were spread across the cut.|
|The cut is really nice along here|
The next three bridges like this one are all manual. Two are on minor housing estate roads and one a walk way.
|This manual bridge serves only pedestrians|
|We saw several of these lovely garden benches along here.|
|Lilies line either bank with barely room for boats to pass through|
|Dark clouds and the rain began|
|Hammering it down and really black low cloud|
|Our mooring for the night at bridge 10 and a dark sky|
As I type I was reminded why we love this lifestyle so much. This is my view out of the back hatch. How can you not enjoy life watching this with a glass of red in your hand.
|This is straight from the camera, no retouching. I stood for ages watching the sun go down. |
I feel so grateful for the life we have right now.