Friday, 5 February 2016

We're on the move again

Bless me dear reader, for I have's been a month since my last confession blog............

Well to be honest, we haven't really done anything that was worth writing about and I'd hate to bore you.

We've spent January pootling up and down the Macclesfield Canal between Marple and Macclesfield and have met up with several old friends who are based on this stretch of canal. We've not been this way for a few years so it was nice to catch up and revisit old haunts.

It's been a busy end of the month with visits to family over in Manchester as well as having our children come to visit on the boat to celebrate our daughter's birthday as well as Rogers BIG birthday. I'm not saying how old he is but this is the birthday cake our daughter made for him.

She also made him this shirt. She runs a small business making bespoke children's clothes so this was a bit of a change for her. It took quite a few covert messages between us to get the measurements right but Roger was delighted with it.

Once all the socialising was complete we set off on our travels again and came down Bosley Locks yesterday.

Our friend Adele came to give us a hand. She usually single-hands her boat and said it was a nice change to be able to work the locks without having to see to her own boat as well. We certainly appreciated the help and made it down the 12 locks in an hour and a half.

The locks are closing for planned maintenance next Monday and the work boats are already there ready to get started.

We've done this lock flight many many times before but I've never seen the water level so high. Towpaths were flooded

and the by-washes were struggling to cope

These were sights more commonly seen on the Rochdale Canal than the Macc

We moored overnight on the deserted visitor moorings below the locks and carried on again this morning. We haven't seen any other moving boats for days.

This isn't the usual kind of cow you expect to see on a dairy farm............

Our mooring for tonight is another of our favourites, Congleton Aqueduct.  It's a bit windy here but the view is good......well it would be if it wasn't raining and cloudy. Yet again the moorings are deserted. Where are all the boats?

That's all folks
Take care and I'll see you again soon

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