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« Reply #30 on: July 07, 2008, 02:58:29 PM »
Thursday May 15th
Took the dog a walk early morning as I do every morning. Walking along the none towpath side where there is a footpath alongside the railway fence, we came across a seat and bench carved from whole tree trunks. There was a fireplace surrounded by small stones and I wondered what it was all about. I didn't have my camera with me so I took a picture with my phone.

Back at the boat we had a quick shower at the Red Bull facility's-Mrs G and I, not the dog, before setting off down the locks. I like the Cheshire Locks. Being paired you can usually find one set for you and with our little boat Mrs G can stop in the tail of the lock whilst I open the gates and so avoids having to get out and hold the boat. On the odd occasion that she enters the tail of a lock only to find a boat coming up it's no trouble to reverse out and wait.

After some twenty odd locks in six miles or so we decided to spend the night at Wheelock and as we approached the mooring we were saying- as we do every year "Will it still be there?" "It must be dead by now."
But it was still there-the white. saddle backed, arthritic old horse that would now be thirty four years old.
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« Reply #31 on: July 07, 2008, 03:02:48 PM »
Friday May 16th
After breakfast Mrs J visited the local shop for a few provisions and reported that it had changed hands since our last visit. "They've much more stock" she said. "A lot more choice and cheaper than many of the small stores you find along the canal. And they open very early."
It's nice to find a shop that opens early because Mrs G and I have always been early risers and can often be found prowling around some town or village around seven in a morning looking for an open shop for milk or some other essential we've run out of.

Checking the petrol situation before we set off I found we were running low. Obtaining petrol can often be a problem we find. Garages are closing down and those accessible from the towpath are scarce so perhaps I should mention some of the more obscure ones as I go.Like the one on the Caldon just down the lane from bridge 31 at Endon Bank, this can easily be missed as it's difficult to see from the canal.
The one we were heading for this morning was on the A533 and accessible by tying up on the none towpath side just through bridge 164 and walking back along the busy road for around 100 yards. The next one is at Kings Lock but there it's difficult to find suitable mooring and on this occasion I wasn't sure we had enough fuel to get there.

Having refuelled we reached Kings lock around 11.30 and turned up the Middlewich Branch of the Shropie.
Tying up between bridges 29 and 30 I walked back for fish and chips from the chippy just before Kings Lock. We've always found the food here good but when I got the fish chips and peas back to the boat we found that whatever the fish was it didn't seem to be cod. Perhaps it was my fault for asking for fish and chips instead of cod and chips. Mrs G said she thought it was coley whatever that is.

Continuing our journey we moored up for the night just above the lock at Venetian Marine.
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« Reply #32 on: July 07, 2008, 03:10:36 PM »
Saturday May 17th
We had decided to spend a day or so at Venetian Marine but after an hour or so we got bored and decided to move. We were making for the Shroppie Fly at Audlem. As you approach Barbridge Junction you pass long lines of moored boats on both sides of the canal. When I first started boating I used to dread passing these boats for fear I would hit one if I had to pass an oncoming boat or it was windy. I never did, but I worried about it the first few occasions we went that way.
We took on water at Barbridge-we used to top up at Venetian Marine but there is a notice on the tap now saying moorers only as there is at the refuse skip.

Carrying on we passed the entrance to the Llangollen Canal and I was reminded of the first time we went up there. The first two locks are fairly tight and we left the fenders down with the result that the boat got stuck and I had to drop the paddles quickly until we had worked the fenders free.
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The rest of the trip was uneventful we nearly changed our mind again and stopped at Nantwich but the mooring are a good distance from the town so we went back to our original plan and tied up just before the Shroppie Fly. A visit to the local shops for provisions and we settled down for the night.

We didn't visit the pub. I don't drink much now. No! I'm not a recovering alcoholic-I've just gone off the stuff. I do like a pint on a hot summers day when I've just done twenty or so locks. Or a drink with a meal and the occasional pint in good company, but to go out just for the beer no longer appeals. So it's usually a bit of telly and so to bed.
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« Reply #33 on: July 07, 2008, 03:12:21 PM »
Sunday May 18th
Visited the little charity shop run by the local villagers.We always call when we're this way it's surprising what you can find. What's also surprising is the fact that they raised somewhere in the region of ?30,000 last year for cancer research I think it is.


It would be about 10am when we set off to tackle the Audlem Locks-pretty late for us but then we were only aiming for Market Drayton some six or seven miles away.

Still there was the matter of some eighteen or so locks to contend with. Not a problem usually but there was a narrow boat in front of me making very heavy weather of them. Leaving Mrs G waiting below the lock it was in I walked up to see what the hold up was. I found a sixty footer crewed by an elderly man who wasn't very good on his pins. His wife, he told me, was disabled inside the boat and this was their first time boating. "I wanted a fifty foot one," he told me. "But they had none in so they let me have this at the same price. I just wanted to see if I could manage one." What a pity I thought, had he had a fifty footer we could have shared a lock and I could have helped him more. As it was I helped where I could but I was glad when he decided to moor up before the Adderley Locks. We then made good time to Market Drayton.

ay 19th
The trip to Norbury Junction was very pleasant. I always enjoy the attractive Tyrley Locks and the weather was lovely.

We reached Norbury without incident and made use of the shower and topped up with water. The BW facility's here are excellent and there is a table covered in paper back books and a notice inviting you to take one if you like and asking you to leave any you might have finished with. I first noticed this last year and wondered if it would be used or abused but it seems to work as there are a lot more books there this year than last.
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« Reply #34 on: October 23, 2008, 01:09:48 PM »
I've enjoyed reading your journal about your Caracruiser cruises. I noticed on one of the photos of your Caracruiser that you have a very neat canopy at the stern. Did you make that yourself? I've been considering making one for my Caracruiser and am not sure excatly how to go about it.

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« Reply #35 on: November 03, 2008, 12:10:54 PM »
Dennis,
Sorry to be so late in replying to your question but I've been busy elswhere for a while.

Anyhow the answer is I didn't make it myself, it was done by Specialist Canvas Services of Stavely. I took the boat to them and left it for a couple of days.

It cost ?235.00. If your interested their phone number is 01246 472949

Hope this helps.
Tom
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« Reply #36 on: January 02, 2009, 07:19:14 PM »
Thanks for the reply. I've only just read it because I was expecting to get notified by the website when a reply appeared but it seems I had not selected the right tick box to receive automatic notification.
Unfortunately the canopy maker is too far from me in Essex. I've bought a book about making canopies and covers so I'll have a go at doing that, providing I'm allowed to use the sewing machine on suitably tough material!
Good luck with the boating this year. I hope it continues to go well for you both, even though you have some doubts, and we'll be reading more in your journal.
Dennis

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« Reply #37 on: January 16, 2009, 03:02:50 PM »
It seems my boating days are over. I've been dreading this day but I suppose it had to come sometime.

I have been in hospital since 19th December - I've had better Christmas's I can tell you.. During this time the various test I've had show that I need major surgery and am at home for a few days awaiting a slot.

Even though I must give up boating I would like to look in on this forum from time to time to follow the comings and goings of the many friends I have made.

When I eventually feel able to part with my boat I would like to be able to advertise the fact on this site if that is allowable.

May I wish you all the best for the new year and many happy hours boating.

Tom

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« Reply #38 on: January 25, 2009, 08:03:03 PM »
Hi Tom.
I was very sad to hear of your illness, i can only hope you will be feeling better soon when you get over your operation, I have enjoyed reading your journal about your travels with the caracruiser, and hoped to maybe meet you one day.
wishing you all the best for the future..
neil m (helter skelter)

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« Reply #39 on: January 26, 2009, 01:17:54 PM »
Hello Tom,

I agree with the comments from Neil M and wish you a rapid recovery.
Best wishes,
Dennis