Monday, 2 August 2010

Weekend ashore

We have just spent a lovely weekend with Barry and Alex. On Saturday moring we moved Morgana onto the 48 hour moorings above the first lock of the Audlem flight.Barry and Alex came over on Saturday afternoon and suggested that rather than going for a pub meal that we go back to their place. We took the kittens with us and they attracted a lot of attention when we stopped at the Shroppie Fly for a drink on the way to the car. We all had a mad weekend surrounded by over 25 dogs and puppies, chickens and geese. The kittens were brilliant, very well behaved, a bit miffed because the chickens ignored them instead of running away and totally overwhelmed by the manic behaviour of the dogs, theyare so full of energy!We had a very late night, or early morning depending how you look at it. Barry fed us extremely well, so much of it home produced too! A gold star for Alex's trifle too!

We went over to Chick car boot sale on Sunday but didn't spend any money. We did come back laden with bits and pieces that Barry had which should prove useful on board and a couple of jars of home pickled onions. I got back to a message from Kathy saying they would be up the Anderton Lift yesterday but when I rang her I discovered they had been a bit too late, but they should be on their way up the Trent and Mersey

This morning we left Audlem intending to just do Audlem flight but we got through it so easily we decided to carry on to Market Drayton today. At least Ray now has two days to check everything for the boat safety inspection. We are moored on the 5 day moorings which shouldn't be too bad a spot for Martyn Ross to get to us on Thursday. Hopefully we can see Barry and Alex again before we are out of range.

Saturday's journey 0.3 miles and 1 lock

Today's journey 5.9 miles and 19 locks

So far we have travelled 501.9 miles, 477 locks, 53 swing bridges, 4 lift bridges and 14 tunnels.

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