We set off aiming to stop at Middlewich, little did we know we would stop but not for the right reasons. All will be revealed later.
The morning's sun was glorious and felt good as we cruised along. We passed my favourite building on the branch, this beautifully converted stable block. I could quite happily see my days out living there.
|Would love to own this one day|
Smudge has now taken to laying on his bed on the hatch when we cruise and with it being so nice Chris decided to join him. We have found sitting on the roof gives so much better views over the hedges and is now my favourite spot to helm as we go along.
|Wish Chris would massage me now and again like that|
|Apparently the distant boat thought he had the bridge hole not me.|
|Our first sighting of a calf this year. This one could only be a day or two old.|
|this has to be one of the most recognisable boats on the system.|
|Not much change outside but clear evidence a lot of work has been done inside|
|Turning onto the Trent and Mersey and no one to be seen|
|Still not enough water in the pound|
|Just got the center line tied to the tree and so lunch was had whilst we waited|
|Finally descending the bottom lock with many more boats following|
|Croxton flash. Home to several sunken BW working boats|
|all that appears to remain of the clay works|
|The bank here has been extensively restored and new rings set in, however,, never in the right place for us so|
again a tree is pressed into service to act as mooring pin for the stern.
|Lovely picnic area at the site. If only we had though to pack a BBQ!|
|Sure that should read Beech?|