Friday, 13 April 2012

11th April

Set off with a nice bright morning if a little cool, passing through Nantwich which was busy with boats on the move and then passed the junction of the Llangollen Canal.

We then turned right at Barbridge Junction onto the Middlewich Branch and continued for a few miles to moor at a lovely spot just passed Aquaduct Marina.

I had a look around the marina which seemed to have all the facilities a boater could want even a tractor and trailer to haul boats out onto hard standing for blacking etc.

12th April

Again we had a lovely bright morning to urge us on our way to Middlewich passing the now converted stable block and mooring between bridges 29 and 30 so that we could stock up on provisions at the local Tesco.

We went down to Kings Lock Chandlery for Graham to see about having his Webasto C/H unit serviced and for us to buy a few bits and bobs. He has a really good set up there with test rigs and computer monitoring systems for the Webasto.

Later when I went for a walk I spotted the Mallard we had seen earlier with her 13 chicks on the bank, all 13 were tucked underneath her.

13th April

Graham went down to Kings Lock to have his heater serviced at 9.00 and we waited until the Andersen and Middlewich hire boats had cleared the lock on their way back to base and then went down and breasted up with Autumn Years so that we could buy a new Calor Gas Cylinder and fill with water. The junction soon became busy with boats travelling in all directions so we left Autumn Years and bumbled on down the next 4 locks and found a nice mooring just outside Middlewich. At the top of the first lock we spotted this clutch of mallard chicks on their first outing on the water.

 AY joined us a short while later when the service had been completed. It was so warm that we sat out on the bank drinking tea and reading our books.

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