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The Odyssey 2015: Day 1

Posted by indigodream on 22 May, 2015

Rewind to Sunday 3rd May

Nantwich (Canal Centre) to Middlewich

Cruising with hounds - aaah, we're back where we belong :-D

Cruising with hounds – aaah, we’re back where we belong πŸ˜€

It was touch and go whether we’d get away today – we had a nice lie-in after being woken early by the rain drumming the boat roof and deciding that we needed no part of it! I did take the Beanz out for the necessary at 7am – it didn’t take long – the hounds like their comforts as much as I do πŸ™‚

When we eventually emerged, we faffed around unloading the last items from the car and chatting. We chatted to other boaters at the marina and to a very nice family (man and two sons) who were considering a narrowboat. We invited them on board for a tour and had a lovely time talking boats.

Despite the frustrations of Indigo Dream’s eternal remedial works, I do like Nantwich – it has excellent amenities (including a vet hospital!) and it’s a friendly place to stay. Nonetheless, I was desperate to start our odyssey and finally, at around midday, we set off.

It was a fair but blustery day, but I found that I hadn’t forgotten how to steer the boat!

Beautiful views...

Beautiful views…

Despite a bit of to-ing and fro-ing at the junctions (Hurleston and Barbridge), the canal was relatively quiet and it felt so very good to be on the move again. We have a twitter “friend” (I know that’s not the right word but we have too much in common to be “followers”) on nb Ruth – we’ve both been in the Anderton area all winter and we’ve yet to co-ordinate our cruising so that we can meet for a cuppa! This time we passed on the Middlewich Branch – we exchanged greetings in passing – again – one day we will have that tea πŸ™‚

I have hardly any notes from the day – I recall spending most of it on the helm so that Richard could get on with DIY inside, though he obviously emerged for the few locks.

If the sight of the valley below doesn't persuade you to visit the Weaver then nothing will :-)

If the sight of the valley below doesn’t persuade you to visit the Weaver then nothing will πŸ™‚

I do have one sentence in my notebook “why don’t I like the Middlewich branch?” – it’s a mystery because it has great views, especially where it soars above the Weaver Valley. I guess some canals just speak to your soul – it’s subliminal not logical πŸ™‚

We moored up in Middlewich late afternoon, but within minutes we had to move a little way along the canal in order to keep the peace – the hounds spotted a squirrel and a cat in the garden opposite – noise ensued! I hasten to point out that the cat was perfectly safe with goodness know how many feet of canal between us!

Once we’d settled on a mooring spot. we had time to watch the world go by – notably old working boat nb Col, who cruised by with the faded dignity of a duchess forced to shop at Aldi.

We’d been searching online for eateries in Middlewich and headed off in search of a mexican restaurant we’d fancied. Sadly for us, it was closed in a Sunday night, and in an excess of indecision, we plumped for another chinese takeaway (which was good).

Having been away from boating for so long, I found that the fresh air had an even more soporific effect than usual – we were soon in our respective beds (hound and human), with a fine day on the Trent and Mersey to come.

Photoblog:

Another new thing - we can finally throw  out the old round of polystyrene that we've been using as a porthole bung for NINE years :-D

Another new thing – we can finally throw out the old round of polystyrene that we’ve been using as a porthole bung for NINE years πŸ˜€

The cowslips are abundant along the canal...

The cowslips are abundant along the canal…

Greyhound! This one was enjoying a trip on a hire boat:-)

Greyhound! This one was enjoying a trip on a hire boat:-)

Dragonfly! Our old share boat looking mighty fine, for all that she must be in her teens now :-)

Dragonfly – this is our old share boat, looking mighty fine, for all that she must be in her teens now πŸ™‚

Rummaging! Hang on, that's only three hounds - where's Herbie?

Rummaging with Richard – hang on, that’s only three hounds – where’s Herbie?

Silly question!

Silly question!

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