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Travels up the Caldon and Leek Branch.

The morning dawned and with it big fat raindrops. As a result, none of us were that keen to get out of bed, so a leisurely Sunday morning was had by all. As we were right below the staircase, we did not have far to go until the first lock!! A drizzly passage through the… Read more »

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I Keep on Thinking it’s Sunday.

As the Pain au Chocolate had been eaten yesterday, there was little point in staying in bed too long….coffee was drunk, bed put away a nd the boys were on the move by 8.30. A short time later and one graceful sweep of the tiller saw us onto the Trent and ¬†Mersey at Great Heywood…. Read more »

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Sunshine on a Holiday.

I love mornings in the marina. The whole trip is ahead of us and the possibilities are endless. If we are lucky, the sun is shining too. This morning we were lucky. We set off at about 10am after a Marcus cooked breakfast of bacon, vegetable burgers (don’t ask!!) and baked beans. An uneventful trip… Read more »

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Learning to Love the Llangollen

For the first time in over 10 years of boating, I wished I was somewhere else today- or for at least the first part of it!! I woke up at 9.30 and was immediately on the listen out for the wind- Had it died down? Was the cratch cover still in place and were we… Read more »

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Windy Weather…..

A gorgeous morning through the locks at Audlem this morning. Well maintained and a beautiful flight- they really are a pleasure to work ….although the boatmen of long ago may not agree with me; those on their way up would have just swapped horses at the bottom and would be pushing on, working hard. We… Read more »

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Sunshine & Showers on the Shroppie.

Sunshine and showers seem to be setting the tone here on the Shroppie. Last nights spot at Knighton was perfect and we keen & refreshed towards Tyrley Locks, ready for some “action” after yesterdays long stretch. we were behind the hire boat that was chasing our tail yesterday…..naturally, every lock was going to be against… Read more »