Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Lots of locks

We made a relatively early start today, I needed to stop in Audlem for a little bit of shopping, the newsagent there has a good selection of beading magazines. I also needed to (belatedly) post Tim's birthday card, I did ring him to wish him happy birthday and explain that we were about three miles from a post box.

We tackled the first three locks of the Audlem flight, then moored for me to do the bits I needed to do. After a coffee we pressed on and tackled the next ten locks of the flight leaving us just two to do tomorrow.

Where we moored above the lock there are a couple of damson trees, the towpath and bank were littered with damsons, most of those on the towpath were beyond redemption but those that had landed on the grass were perfect. Ray collected about five kilos of them while I was preparing dinner, they will become damson jam, damson gin, damson cheese and damson anything else I can think of!

The next story requires your visualisation skills.

Often when we moor dog owners are concerned that their dogs may chase and injure our cats. we always assure them that our cats can move fast enough to escape their dogs and if not they are capable of defending themselves. We had a wonderful illustration of this tonight.

Picture, if you will, a lively medium sized dog, enthusiastically barking and diving into the hedge where Lance had dissapeared to hunt for mice and voles. Imagine a couple of seconds later a yelp and the sight of the dog dashing back down the towpath to its owners hotly persued by Lance. It really was funny, luckily the dog's owners thought so too!

Today's journey 3.8 miles and 13 locks

So far this year we have travelled 240.4 miles, 167 locks, 31 lift bridges and 6 tunnels

Since Ray retired we have travelled 978.8 miles, 812 locks, 55 swing bridges, 35 lift bridges and 31 tunnels

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