Tuesday 29th September
Our first night aboard Ella!!! We were able to load all our belongings onto Ella at 6.30 in the evening and were able to make up a bed to sleep in and find the kettle to make a cup of tea!
Sandwiches from the local shop was our supper and then our first night's sleep aboard.
|Dave by Ella|
Today was spent unpacking all our belongings and finding a home for them throughout the boat. After a long and exhausting day yesterday, it felt initially a daunting task. Where was everything going to go? Would we have enough space?
Once we had started, it was really quite enjoyable and everything ended up being put away in all the different storage spaces cleverly built into the boat.
Supper in the evening was in the pub, the Broughton Arms. The boat had been launched from their carpark!
Thursday 1st October
Woke up very early this morning, highly excited as we were going to begin moving Ella from Rode Heath to her mooring at Overwater Marina just outside Audlem.
The boat was facing in the wrong direction, so we began our journey by reversing her 50 yards to the nearest winding hole and turning the boat round so that she was facing in the right direction. Sounds easy, but narrowboats are not designed to go backwards, so the whole procedure took a good 30 minutes to complete!
|Dave and Toby|
|Toby having a drink at the tap!|
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking Toby and basking in the warm autumn sunshine. Supper was an Indian Takeaway from a splendid Indian Restaurant called Shampaan.
Day 1 - 4 miles, 14 locks, 4 hours.
Friday 2nd October
|Early morning mists|
After we passed through King's Lock in Middlewich we stopped at the chandlery to buy diesel. We met Steve who knows Daniel and got a good deal on the diesel purchase.
Diesel for boats is sold at two different rates. One for propulsion and one for domestic, the government taxes the propulsion rate and is more expensive than the domestic rate. As our engine heats our water and the central heating, we can get a good split in favour of the domestic rate.
We caught a glimpse of Dionysus, the boat that was launched on the Friday before us, passing under the bridge onto the Middlewich Branch.
We spent our night moored up on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal, another excellent cruise.
6 miles, 6 locks, 4 hours.
Saturday 3rd October
Today we plan to cruise all the way from Middlewich to Overwater Marina. Again the weather was good to us and we set off bright and early.
We made a brief stop at a farm just outside Church Minsull which sells Yankee Candles and then continued on from there.
It was a long day, and at the last two locks we got caught in a queue of boats. It is amazing, you can cruise quite happily and see no-one, and then, when you get to a lock there are three boats ahead of you. Where do they come from?? How does that happen? We met a hire boat under tuition, full of New Zealanders over to watch the Rugby World Cup, narrow boating was a completely new concept for them.
We arrived at the marina just on dusk, moored up and Dave collected fish and chips from Audlem for our supper.
18 miles, 5 locks, 81/2 hours.
Total cruise: 28 miles, 25 locks, 161/2 hours.
|Ella moored at Overwater|