Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Feeling industrious

(Boat Chalice - posted by Cath)

Alan at Tixall Wide
After yesterday's washing I was feeling quite industrious, so tried to continue today. I walked the dog, then while we were queueing for locks swept through the boat, and beat the rugs, then tidied up and cleared up a lot of the clutter that tends to accumulate. I did a stack of handwashing, rinsing it, and then spinning it in our 'Fisher Price' twin tub washing machine. I even managed another batch of baking. All this alongside doing a stint of steering (Alan had to do the bulk of it today), and working locks.

As you can see from the pictures a day that started with glorious sunshine, although it ended in drizzle.
waiting, Trent and Mersey lock
On the Staffs and Worcs at Tixall lock we came across the first of the queues for locks - "You are number six". But the queues eased as the day wore on.

It was a day of meeting up with people - spotting some friends from Cowroast heading the same way as us at Tixall (they eventually turned back - it seemed to be a bit of a minor diversion from a major trip out), and then suddenly meeting one of Alan's old school friends at a lock later on. They were heading the other way to us, so we only had the briefest of exchanges.

Park Gate Lock

I always think of Park Gate as where we picked up Sickle two and a half years ago.

Alcor passes

At Gailey - from the foot tunnel

We moored among other boats, just short of Calf Heath.


River Trent Aqueduct, Rugeley to Calf Heath
Miles: 20.0 (Chalice), Locks:14

Total Miles: 222.5, Locks: 85

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