A pre agreed cast off this morning of 8.15 as the first of three tunnels only allows passage for ten minutes on the half hour. We were again prepared for rain although not for the wind, we had quite a job keeping the brolly from turning inside out.
Despite the cloudy skies, the scenery has improved today, with everything looking even more lush with all the rain.
Preston Brook was our first tunnel, and I did the steering. In the first shot, I was a little close to the left hand side and the brickwork, hence the somewhat concerned face – my steering and facial expressions definitely improve.
Toby steered in the next tunnel which was also a timed entry, we were following an old puffer narrowboat with a horn that sounded like a very old Downtown Abbey era car. The third tunnel was a free for all with whoever gets there first. The boat in front sounded his amazing horn and entered the tunnel, so we followed, we then heard another horn from a boat who had entered after us from the other direction. To and fro they went with their horns, so we thought we’d join in to signal that there were two boats. The boat coming the other way backed off and reversed out – phew!
Toby has been on the lookout for a Kingfisher all holiday and today we saw two. One on a branch and another in flight, they move so quickly, I think we were very lucky to get this shot. Next on the list is an Otter, I think that may be pushing our luck.
We moored at Anderton and had lunch in the museum cafe. It also gave us a chance to take a closer look at The Anderton Boat lift which we’ll take tomorrow. We’ll be going down from The Trent and Mersey Canal to the River Weaver. You can just turn up and take the next slot, but as you know, I like a plan! So we’ve paid our £5 and we’re booked on the first passage tomorrow at 10am.
We met up with Jan, one of my work colleagues and her husband Chris in the local pub. Jan has been in the wars after falling off her horse and is in a back brace and sling, Chris is doing a grand job looking after her. It was great to catch up.