Monday, 2 April 2018

Easter Break...

Our first trip of the year. The weather forecast for the Easter weekend wasn't that good so we were a little bit unsure what to expect.

We managed to get down to the marina on Thursday evening, a little too late to venture out onto the canal so we lit the stove and spent the night in the marina.

Friday we arrived at Marbury Country Park, all three of us love it here, the park and it's surrounding walks are excellent for dog walking and Mr B certainly likes his walkies.

Shared mooring at our favourite spot.

Having great fun exploring the woods and playing ball.

Saturday we moved down to Anderton boat lift turning around at the winding hole and finding a spot just past The Pirate boat, this is another great place for walking. 

Sunday's early morning walk was beautiful in the sunshine, and as usual lots of dog walkers here. 

The Pirate boat at Anderton Boat Lift.

Heading back to the boat.

An old wheelbarrow, looking very heavy and that's before anything goes into it.

Looks like a lot of work has gone into pruning and trimming back the vegetation ready for spring.

Spotted these red mushrooms on our morning walk along the River Weaver.

All snuggly and warm, time for a rest.

Today we headed back to Marbury, stopping off at the services on the way and managing to get stuck, very silly of me I should have known better, obvious signs of land slippage that I missed and the water is apparently lower because of the breach at Middlewich, and because of water getting pumped from the Trent and Mersey up to the Shropshire Union.

Monday's weather wasn't so nice we awoke to rain, that as usual sounded worse than it actually was. Our walk this morning was definitely quieter we only met a couple of doggie's willing to brave the rain.

The rain stopped for us just before lunch and we had a dry and quiet trip to finish off a wonderful weekend.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Billinge Green Flash

Moving along slightly today, we stopped at Billinge Green Flash where we finally got to do some work painting the roof, wasn't much but it was a start.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Bramble Cuttings

Setting off around 09:30am before the chaos starts, looks like we left it too late. It took us 2 hours to get from Kings Lock the Big Lock, I'm sure thats just five locks in total, madness.

We love the Trent and Mersey this stretch of canal is lovely, maybe its because  we know it so well.

We had our fingers crossed to get a mooring at Bramble Cuttings it is usually so busy and space limited, luck had it that it was empty and we had the place to ourselves for a good few hours, Buster was able to explore and play ball without disturbing anyone.

The rain started early evening and it threw it down, thunder, lightening the works.


Saturday, 16 September 2017


Moving down to Middlewich today and we have decided to moor just before the Kings lock, as a passing boat has just informed us that the hire boaters have drained the pounds and he struggled to get through. We shall give it time to refill and stay put tonight.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Locks are getting fewer

On our way mid morning, a few locks to do but not that many. Buster sitting on the back of the boat as usual watching things passing by.

Entering the lock just before the M6 at Hassall Green.

Our mooring spot tonight across from a field full of sweetcorn, hope the scarecrows stay away tonight. We must stop watching them horror films.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Red Bull

We set off at 08:00am today. Did the locks at Red Bull and Church Lawton, moored up tonight next to Rode Heath Meadows and woods. Caught the aerials again on the low bridge straight after the lock before Red Bull Services, luckily no damage. 

Buster made some doggy friends this morning and had a play on the field before we left.

A very unexpected low bridge immediately after the locks at Red Bull, We seem to be a lot taller than most on the cut.

Tonight we are at Rode Heath Another Chinese Take away.

We must be going soft, this is the sixth night in a trot that we lit the stove. 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Little Morton Hall

The weather last night was very windy, luckily we had moored between the trees so are minds were put at rest slightly. No problems anyway everything was still standing in the morning.

Today we took a short walk up to Little Morton Hall about a mile away.

Buster can get through most gaps but some are even to small for him, so his dad helps out.

Little Morton Hall is a lovely moated house. At one time the toilets of the house emptied straight into the moat, not so nice.

We like the look of this old barn.

View of Mow Cop

The Rising Sun, location of tonights meal and it was very nice.