This morning we certainly knew we were back on the main line of the Shroppie (
when the speed boats started rushing past.
One was so fast it dragged our “sinking” fenders out from where they’d
been trapped to stop the boat banging on the Shroppie Shelf (a ledge which runs
along the canal side) and pushed the boat up onto the shelf. As usual the speeders were all private boats. Shropshire
It’s nice to be back on the mainline as there’s so much more to see.
We passed this unusual colourful boat.
Did you notice the open window? This character was on guard.
There's a large wooden statue beside the bridge at
I think this is stating the obvious don’t you? If you can't read it, it says "Beware Obstruction"
These ducklings were cuddled up having a sleep in the bridge hole till we went past.
We’re now moored at Coole Pilate leisure area and as it was such a nice afternoon we made good use of one of the picnic tables and removed the cratch cover for cleaning.
I just love watching men work!
After washing off the muck, we used this product on the outside of the cratch. It brings it up really well and leaves a good, shiny, water repellent finish which will last through till next Spring.
I always think the boat looks strange without the cratch cover but while it was off I cleaned the inside of the bow and then renewed the spider protection spray. I was a bit dubious when I bought this last summer but it really works.
We used to get lots of spiders both in the cratch and in the boat, but since I’ve been using this we hardly ever see any at all. It’s not easy to find in the shops so the easiest way to buy it is on the internet.