Wednesday 13 August 2014

So many photos, so little mobile data signal...

The Llangollen Canal is beautiful - but out of range of mobile data signal, so we have been unable to blog for a few days. 

To make it up to you, here are a few photos. 

Wednesday 6 August 2014

The Anderton Boat Lift & River Weaver

After the hire boat traffic jams in Middlewich, the River Weaver feels luxurious: wide, deep water; manned locks; pretty moorings; and hire boats are not allowed down the Anderton Lift. 

As ever, Honey loved the river. A good hull can be appreciated so much more in the flowing meanders - and we loved our sunlit meals at remote moorings. 

As for the lift itself, go and visit. If you don't own a boat, jump aboard their trip boat. It's well worth it. 

Monday 4 August 2014

Wandering Aimlessly

Because that's what you do with narrowboats. You chug along pretty bits of waterway, turning at junctions when they look interesting, stopping for tea when you feel like it, and investigating anything that looks a bit interesting. 

Cheshire is a bit Mock Tudor for my taste, but that's just my inverse snobbery: when it looks like you're trying too hard, I instinctively think you're missing the point. 

The point is that we are here to have fun, and to rejoice in the beauty around us. And there's a lot of beauty in rural Cheshire (and the local beers.)

Tomorrow, the Anderton Lift and the River Weaver. 

Saturday 2 August 2014

The weather and our boating plans...

After two weeks of Mediterranean weather, we clambered aboard Honey just in time for the downpours. 

Settling in was quick, but we haven't been able to give Honey the thorough wash she deserves; that will have to wait until the rain stops. 

We met the local branch of the IWA at Hurleston Locks, where they were doing all the hard work in exchange for donations, and they were so friendly and helpful despite the weather.