The first of our kittens left us this morning, Lightning has gone to live in Chester with a lovely couple. They are boat owners but not live aboards. I put pictures of Storm and Lightning on a Narrowboat Users Forum on Facebook and they got in touch straight away and drove over from Chester to collect her this morning.
Since last Thursday we have mainly been in Uppermill. We sat out Friday watching the rain fall. Where we were moored was very shady even in the sunshine so with heavy cloud it was very dark! I think we had the lights on all day. Saturday was better and we did move down through the lock so we were by the woods between the canal and the River Tame. I wished I had taken before and after photos, the river had changed from a fast flowing shallow big stream to a raging torrent,swollen with Friday's rain.
On Sunday we went to the small farmer's market that is held at Saddleworth Museum,some very nice food, we bought some bread and a couple of Cornish pasties. Very tasty!
After Lightning had been collected to go to her new home this morning we continued our journey southwards. The canal is fairly shallow, but we didn't have any major problems. The towpath was closed at one point so I hitched a ride between two locks where I would normally have walked . We have moored for the night below Roaches Lock, if the weather forecast is right tomorrow will be another day off!!
We have now travelled further this year than we did all year last year, but not as many locks!
Since Saturday we have travelled 1.8 miles and 7 locks
So far this year we have travelled 461.7 miles, 352 locks, 43 swing bridges, 2 lift bridges and 14 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 1663.4 miles 1438 locks, 99 swing bridges, 40 lift bridges and 54 tunnels