Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Moving on & mooring up

So, I'm on the Shropshire Onion canal, watching Spring arriving as I head further north. My doggy friend has taken to kipping out on the back deck - a sure sign of raised temperature.


Even I, with all my rooftop tat can fit under these bridges.


The view outside my side hatch:


At Market Drayton, I changed the oil and filter and also the fuel filter and I do feel pleased with myself, even though I must admit to having excellent guidance in the form of John - ex-engineer off the P&O ferries! Without his help, the bleeding of the engine afterwards would have all gone horribly wrong. He was travelling in convoy with 2 boat buddies and I was glad to see them at Adderley locks to be able to return the favour and do a bit of lock-wheeling.
I've been sorting out my planters and seed boxes, anxious to put my rainwater roof to it's secondary springtime use: a greenhouse.
Here I am, coming down through Audlem's 15 locks -starting at dawn to avoid the Easter holiday-makers. How dare they use MY waterways?!

Oh yes, I've got a mooring! I'm so so glad. It's oop north, so I'm heading for the Macclesfield canal, via the Middlewich branch (no horrible Harecastle tunnel for me). I already feel as though things have changed. I'll have a base. I may even get to know people for longer than two days - aaaggghh!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to see pictures and a description of your new mooring. And does it measure up to what you were looking for? (And more to the point, what's the dog think of it?!)

David

Carol said...

Carrie
What a shame. I was in Crewe for the Easter weekend, I met up with Les from Valerie at Nantwich. I would have like to have come and tried your speciality tea!! Oh well next time I am up.....

grey wolf said...

great news that you have a mooring hope it is a happy one with views a beautiful as on the shroppie

Carrie said...

Hello David, Carol and Mr Wolf
I'm going to be moored on the Peak Forest canal, which I like very much, so yes, I'm happy about that. Some great hiking countryside and good access to trains for Manchester etc. Plus, I like boating on the Macclesfield too. I'm sure the dog will be pleased with the walking potential!

Carol - you'll be most welcome x