The day started off overcast, and it wasn’t long before the rain began so it was on with the waterproofs.
Luckily the rain didn’t last long, so whilst I was in a lock I made the most of the free fresh water to clean off some bird mess on the side of the boat. We thought the stairs up the off-side of the lock looked rather tricky to negotiate, so didn’t try any fancy tricks with them!
Working single locks is so much easier than doubles. We ended up with Sarah walking on to the lock ahead and leaving me to close the paddles and top gates after driving Oliver out. This worked very well and we made good progress. Some cows in a neighbouring field looked on rather bemused, I think the brown one had a bit of an itch and was giving itself a good old scratch.
As we work our way towards the Peak Forest canal, the hills are getting more impressive. The countryside around here is really lovely, and very lush and green (no surprise with all the rain!)
We stopped off at Bosley lock services to do a self pump-out, which wsa down a little side arm off the main canal. We had to reverse in, and it was rather shallow. We picked up something on the prop, which later turned out to be an old cargo strap (metal buckle included). It had made a bit of a racket banging about, but after some reverse I thought we’d got rid of it. Hindsight suggests all I’d done was wrap it around a bit tighter! That makes it three in a row for finding something down the hatch.
We were thinking to moor at Oakgrove but the road was a bit noisy, so we moved a little further on to a nice spot with some woods between us and the road. After mooring up, I opened the hatch doors and found some nice flowers to greet us through the hatchway. Bonus points if you can tell us what it is.
This evening I’ll be watching the football (Champions Leage final), and Sarah’s planning to watch The Great British Bake Off: The Professionals. Sorted!