We woke to blue skies and warm air, so it wasn’t too much effort (even for Toby) to get up and cast off. Mum and Toby opened the gates and paddles, and I steered us in to the locks – I was happy to as 1) nobody was around and 2) it gets Toby off my case for a few days.
With the canal to ourselves, and a nice long straight stretch, it was the perfect opportunity for mum to practice her helming skills, with expert tuition provided by Toby.
We saw a metal detector in action, sadly we weren’t around long enough to spot any finds, maybe there’s the odd windlass or two buried in the field!
We had a time slot of 12-2pm for the Frankton Lock flight, we were boat number four in the queue of six boats. We made good timing with three lock keepers, paying our dues with brownies which were much appreciated, so much so, we got four stars on the board!
Lunch on board, we enjoyed some fresh bread, cheese and pate. We then had to get used to the all the boats on the move again, it was so peaceful on The Montgomery canal, and our own private waterway. Next stop was The Ellesmere Arm, and a visit to the local Tesco, we made us of the extra pair of hands with mum being with us and stocked up on supplies.
We carried on to Blake Mere and moored up, what a cracking view out of the side hatch.