Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Audlem Boat Festival...

It was awful weather around us on Sunday, it rained from when we got out of bed and was still raining when we set off in the car. Sunday was the Audlem Boat Festival and we had been looking forward to it for weeks, so the rain wasn’t going to stop us going. When we arrived in Audlem and managed to get parked next to the Mill shop, the sun was shining, couldn’t believe it. Fantastic.

There seemed to be a lot more boats here this year, we decided to head on up the flight of locks first to give Charlie chance to have some doggy sniffs and for us to look at visitor boats moored up along the way, we would view the historic boats on our way back. Didn’t quite make it to the top lock before we turned around but there were lots of boats passing through to watch.

Met a ridgeback on the way back down, Charlie wasnt interested!

When we got back to the shop it was lunch time so we called in the Shroppie Fly for a bite to eat, and managed to get our usual table in the corner. It’s a dog friendly pub so Charlie is always welcome. It started to rain outside, looked like the weather we had left behind us at home was catching up with us. The rain didn’t last long and soon dried up, we headed on down the rows of boats and watched from the bridge over the canal at lock 15.

Then continued on past the canal side cottage that always looks so nice, it’s impossible for us to pass by without taking a photo or two. We’d only got a few hundred yards down the canal when the heavens open and the rain came down so heavy we got soaked in seconds, ran back to the bridge and squeezed in with everyone else that was doing the same. It soon stopped and we made our way back to the car in sunshine again.

Missed the vintage cars that pass through the village, but had a good day anyway…

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