Tuesday, 18 September 2012

We are sorry, but the internet/tv signals are so poor here. Wendy has a 1 bar phone signal, Pete has none.

Uploading any photos are virtually impossible, but should improve.

We left Ellesmere yesterday morning. The arm where we were moored was very busy with hire boats trying to manoever, so we reversed out of it.

We travelled for 13 miles to Grindley Brook with no locks but 4 swing bridges, which took us nearly 5 hours. The weather is getting cooler so we take it in turns steering the boat to 2 miles each. We also light the fire each night.

Today we set off at 9.30 to fill up with water, then move to the BW pump out to empty our toilet tank. However the boat in front had problems, mainly because his waste pipe was blocked. Luckily for us because we had a heavy rain shower, so we stayed inside whilst he got soaked.

We made a decision, because of the weather, that once we had pumped out the toilet, we would do the 6 Grindley locks and moor up.

So today we have done 1 mile, 6 locks and it took us 3 hours, including water and pump out.
We have told other boaters, "If you want to rush, catch a bus"

Our friends Richard & Sally left Gloucester today, heading up to meet us on their boat "Indecision". We should meet them somewhere on the Shropshire Union Canal. We will then travel back with them to Saul Junction

On reflection, we have had a great time. Yes we have had our disagreements. But when you consider that we have been living in a space of 58' long x 7' wide for 5 months, it shows that after 22 years of marriage, we are still best friends.

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