Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Nantwich to Audlem

We have had a bit of a lack of signal as is usual for us on the Shroppie so although I had actually written the blogs I couldn't post them, therefore, as seems to be usual for me they are a couple of days behind.

Sunday 22nd November

On Thursday we went down to Nantwich Basin where Tim and Hazel from Cratch Covers and Canopies fitted our pram cover. Unfortunately, for them, it did start to rain but at least it wasn’t windy. They gave us a demonstration of how to put up and collapse it and left us with the cover we had asked for to protect the material from doggy claws when travelling, Dudley does love to sit on the roof and say hello to peoples and doggies when we are on the move. He also has made very good use of the little doggie windows we have had fitted in the sides.

The frame work in place

Fitting in progress
On Saturday it was bitterly cold, there had been some snow flurries overnight but all traces had disappeared in Nantwich but from our elevated position up on the embankment we could see the white Peaks in the distance. We walked to Argos and picked up our many packages, James went to the Ebay collection counter, which was unmanned but an assistant on the other counter said he could use any now, James asked him of he really wanted to serve him as he had a number of packages to collect, the Assistant replied - are you Mr Ward by any chance!! There were several packages to collect but luckily all but two were very small and they were all light weight.

Dudley relaxing in front of the fire
This morning we collapsed the pram cover and secured it neatly in its cover and set off in the winter sunshine. It soon clouded over but in a away we were pleased as the sun was shining right in our eyes making it difficult to see, we went up the two locks at Hack Green and passed our favourite mooring spot at the bottom of Audlem locks, there were only three boats there today. We tackled the first three locks of the 15 Audlem ones and moored up opposite the Bridge Inn. We popped in for a drink but unfortunately we were a bit late for food as the kitchen closes early on a Sunday, so after a drink we went along to the takeaway and headed back with it to LJ.

Ready for the off, complete with protective cover

We managed to get it back up again!

Moored in Audlem

6.5 miles and 5 locks

TOTAL 685.5 miles and 532 locks