We are sitting in the sunshine at one of our favourite spots, Brambles Cutting Picnic Area on the Trent and Mersey. There is only enough space for two boats to moor, possibly three if they are short ones. It is on the offside so you don't get any dog walkers or cyclists. It is the site of an old claypit where the clay was dug to line the canal when it was built.
We arrived here yesterday lunchtime after negotiating the turn from the Middlewich Branch onto the Trent and Mersey and working our way down through the Middlewich locks. The flowers are beginning to bloom along the banks of the canal.
Gorse bushes and bluebells
We decided we are going to stop here today and get a bit of tidying and general maintenance done, then we will move on tomorrow.
Yesterday's journey 5.3 miles and 6 locks
So far this year we have travelled 272.7 miles, 173 locks, 5 swing bridges and 6 tunnels
In 2011 we travelled 461.4 miles, 444 locks, 3 swing bridges, 34 lift bridges and 15 tunnels
During 2010 we travelled 740.3 miles, 642 locks, 53 swing bridges, 4 lift bridges and 25 tunnels
Since Ray retired we have travelled 1474.4 miles, 1259 locks, 61 swing bridges, 38 lift bridges and 46 tunnels