My gamble paid off, I went for the 6.45 bus to The Churchil arriving at 7.30. After a nosey at the paper and a cuppa, I wandered over to the day treatment unit at 8.10 (my appointment was at 9am!). They were able to see me straight away, and I was all done by 10.15, an all time record. I ran to the bus stop and managed to make the 11.11 train. The last train from Stoke to Kidsgrove was a single carriage, it seemed so small and slow compared to the cross county trains.
We were back on board by 2.15, and by 2.30 we had cast off for new adventures. We’re also in to new territory on Oliver, as the longest we’ve been aboard is 3 weeks.
Only one small stop lock, and then a water point, so we pulled in and filled up. I started steering and was on the wrong side of the canal – back in driving mode!
All of a sudden, there seems to be an abundance of yellow Iris flowers along the canal, they’re quite stricking with the strong tall stems and beautiful coloured flowers.
Toby checked the weed hatch, and today’s find was just a little weed, it made us both smile.
We moored on the aquaduct at Congelton, one space left betwen two boats, Toby did a grand job steering us in.
Mum and dad gave us a card with instructions not to open until the 31st May – today. There was a lovely postcard inside and some money to treat ourselves with a dinner out.
Finally, I should also update you on the weight loss challenge of losing a stone while we’re away. I weighed myself at home and I’m 5lbs down (in three weeks), which isn’t bad. Hopefully the 12 locks tomorrow morning will all help!