Sunday, 26 July 2015

Audlem Historic Transport Festival...

Its Sunday evening and where has the weekend gone, over in a flash.

We are moored at Nantwich tonight, after a weekend at Audlem, the first time we have had internet connection since leaving Swanley on Thursday night.
It was late when we finally got away, and Hurleston was our intended stopping point arriving at the top lock around 20.30 it was quiet only one boat going down ahead of us, exiting the last lock at just after 21.00 we turned right and found a mooring just past the first bridge and in front of Nb Jay 2, apparently someone has read our blog :) .  Jay 2 out on her maiden voyage and she looks magnificent.

Friday, we set off around 10ish weather wasn't great spitting slightly but was a nice trip up and through Nantwich which was very quiet at that time of day, it started to get a bit chilly as we reached Hack Green locks so fleeces were deployed. As we approached the locks two other boat were waiting their turn ahead of us but things moved pretty quickly. Audlem was busy, passing by a long row of moored boats looking for a place for us but without joy, turning around just in front of lock 15 we headed on back past all the boats again, some areas along this stretch are shallow and a horrid concrete shelf below the water line makes for bad mooring, we finally plumbed for a spot just before Overwater marina that turned out to be a good choice. Lounging about taking BB out on his very regular walks, he seems to think every two hours is the norm, looked around at the boats gathering ahead of the weekend festival and headed back to install a mobile internet aerial to see if it would improve connections, it didn't.

I can't remember much about Saturday but I'm sure there must have been one, I'm guessing we did much the same as when we arrived on Friday.

Today, Sunday and the old cars passed through the village but we couldn't remember what time! We were late, but managed to see them all assemble on the green. The weather was ghastly and we and headed back to the boat soon after they all arrived, I don't think the fly past went ahead because we didn't hear anything. We decided to set off for home late afternoon.


Weather hasn't played ball but its still been a nice break.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Easter! No way...

Vows were made last year after our trip to Ellesmere never to venture onto the canal system at Easter ever again. This year we stayed put within the safety of the marina and enjoyed a peaceful few days relaxing in the warmth with the stove blazing away. Thats not to say we didn't tread a few muddy towpaths and explore our new surroundings, Bully Buster (BB) didn't mind this either as he loves his walks and can now be trusted to be let off the lead and actually returns when summoned, well most of the time anyway and as long as something or someone hasn't appeared in front of us that he just has to say hello to.
One of our excursions took us down to Hurleston locks, it was very busy and reminded us of why we didn't go out during the Easter period, ninety percent of the boats were hired, I would say out of the few we watched none had even taken the slightest interest in learning how things are done on the cut before setting off. An argument broke out between a boater and a hired boat, the boater had probably reached the end of his tether being surrounded with no escape, he was so close to completing the locks as well with only one to go, things could probably have been handled with a little more diplomacy but no! I don't think that was his fourtay, it made for some interesting viewing on what had turned out to be quite a warm sunny day. A person can only take so much excitement in a day so we headed on back to the marina for a nice cup of tea.

Mark and Buster enjoying the nice weather.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Goodbye Tattenhall...

It's been 15 months at Tattenhall Marina so we felt it was time for a change of scenery, on friday night we arrived late at the marina for our last sleep-over. The plan was to get up early and set off so we would reach our destination before the forecasted high winds and bad weather started later on that day. After the alarm went off at 07:30 we decided to stay snug and warm for a little longer.

By 9:20 we were ready to go, the day was looking promising with signs of some sunshine threatening to show through the clouds.
Leaving Tattenhall for the last time
This was our first trip out on D.O.G this year and Buster's first ever trip on a boat as far as we know, he settled in immediately and loved the changing sights, smells and walkies.

It was a good feeling as we passed through the double locks and staircase knowing that we wouldn't have to do them again whenever we wanted to go anywhere, as usual some of the paddles weren't working, one lock took us thirty minutes to fill.

Buster watching for oncoming passers by,

Buster sat very good watching things go by

Buster's a very friendly dog and loves to play and meet other doggies, so much so that we have to keep him on the lead at all times as he still needs to learn to come back when we call him.

Mark didn't have Buster on the lead when we went up the locks at Hurleston junction, Buster took his chance for freedom and was off the boat running around the field at the bottom of the reservoir, there was absolutely no chance of catching him, luckily Buster decided to taunt us further by doing some close run by's and came a little bit too close so Mark managed to corner him and got him back under control. Lesson learnt.

The approach into Swanley Bridge Marina.
Corinne and Buster

Corinne and Buster watched as Mark filled up the water.

Buster saying I need a cuddle.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Hey Buster! are you a new crew member...

Life just wasn't the same without a doggy, or should that be "dee o ghee" at home or on the boat so we visited a few dog adoption shelters and found Buster at one of the excellent Dogs Trust Homes. We collected him this morning and he's keeping us busy since, lol.

He's only nine months old and an English Bull Terrier Cross.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Keeping the cold out...

Last weekend we called down to D.O.G and set up an oil filled radiator in the saloon, thermometer set at 5c.

Today we visited again to check on how things were doing and top up the electric meter. Looks like it's doing the job.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Original...

Dee O Ghee. Charlie, our faithful and loved friend of twelve years was put to sleep this morning after a short illness. (Cancer)

He had a good life and loved his time spent on long walks, caravaning and the last few years, canal adventures. oh! not to forget his weekly visits to his nans.

He was our Rhodesian Ridgeback or Rhodesian Reject (-: as he was missing his ridge. A sad time for us but some lovely memories.

RIP Charlie, We're missing you xxxxx.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Flying visit...

It's not been easy finding time to get down to Dee O Ghee this last month or so, Mark's been working seven day weeks and Charlie hasn't been well, daily visits needed to the vet. 

Arriving late morning at the marina everything was ok on board, we did trial runs and changed two of the porthole glass seals that were becoming rather tatty. The others can be changed next time we're here.

Before leaving for home, we called around to see Steve and Chris on Nb Amyjo for a cuppa and catch-up, not long after we arrived Richard and Sharon from Nb Oakapple also called in, it was good to hear how everyone was doing.