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Archive for December 20th, 2015

Boat Blog: The Odyssey 2015 – Day 37

Posted by indigodream on 20 December, 2015

Thursday 10th September

Mooching around Northwich and Anderton

Abseiling at Anderton...

Abseiling at Anderton…

I was still feeling despondent when I woke up today, but luckily for us, our dear friends Ken and Sue, and their dog Poppy, were joining us today. Their support really lifted the day and I was so grateful to them for their company and good cheer.

They arrived mid-morning and we had coffees and pastries while catching up on the news since they last came cruising with us in May. We had a discussion about the day’s cruise – I had thought to go up the boat lift as soon as possible, but we found that it is closed for routine maintenance on Thursday mornings. We did enjoy watching the maintenance men abseiling round the lift – that’s not a job I’d fancy!

So we decided to have another day of mooching around the Weaver. But first we went our separate ways; I headed off in the car to visit Ollie in hospital while the rest of the crew headed upriver for a jolly – I’d join them a bit later.

Oh dear :-(

Oh dear 😦

Ollie was very woebegone and it was difficult to say what might be happening with his internal bleed. Because he wasn’t eating he wasn’t passing any poo, so we didn’t have any clues there. He was nicely hydrated from the intravenous fluids but the vet still looked very grave, only time would tell

whether Ollie could overcome this latest “insult” to his frail old body. The vet said there were two roads ahead of us – one led to Ollie getting better, the other to his fading away and leaving us. I had a chat with Ollie and asked him to consider walking a little further with us. In the meantime, I agreed with the vet that Ollie should stay in hospital for now; we both wanted to be sure that Ollie was well enough for the long drive home before he was discharged.

I rejoined the boat at the Red Lion in Winsford – the car park was overwhelmed with the enticing smell of chips – phwoar. But as I rejoined the boat, we made an executive decision to carry on cruising and lunch on bacon panini instead!

Such a comfort to cruise with dear friends :-)

Such a comfort to cruise with dear friends πŸ™‚

We cruised up to the Winsford flashes, playing our usual game of dare – the flashes are shallow further up and you don’t want the embarrassment of running aground, yet they are fascinating, so how far can you go??

We turned round without drama and headed back downstream. We had a lovely cruise – the weather was benign and the river is so beautiful through Vale Royal. We had a long discussion about whether to moor on the river again or try for a passage up the boat lift. I was very anxious to get off the river and up to the canal. As soon as Ollie came out of hospital we’d need to moor up and get him home; that would be very difficult if the boat were stuck on the river (the boat lift has had the odd emergency stoppage this year).

We rang the lift operators and managed to get a passage booked late afternoon; we cruised down at pace and enjoyed the last lift of the day – I was so relieved. The Anderton Boat Lift never fails to thrill – it’s such a grand piece of engineering and the views that emerge as you rise above the river are stunning.

We were soon on the canal and moored up on the 48-hour section adjacent to the visitor centre car park. It was a sociable mooring, our neighbour was a laden hire boat whose crew came out on deck with various musical instruments and entertained themselves and the towpath with songs from the musical “Oliver”. Ken and I went to retrieve my car from the Red Lion, but we decided to eat at the Stanley Arms in Anderton. It is a dog-friendy pub (in the bar) and served plain pub grub which hit the spot, as did the strawberry cider which Sue recommended – I’ve not had it before and it was delicious on ice. It also went down far too easily!

We said a fond goodbye to Ken, Sue and Poppy – it had been wonderful to spend the day with them. We wended back to the boat with the hounds – after two days of zoomies at the bottom of the Anderton Lift they seemed quite content with just rummaging at the top!

 

Photoblog:

Lovely view..

Lovely view..

 

River Weaver view - so lovely and a great introduction to river cruising if you've never tried it...

River Weaver view – so lovely and a great introduction to river cruising if you’ve never tried it…

Vale Royal lock - the huge locks still seem incongruous on such a quiet river...

Vale Royal lock – the huge locks still seem incongruous on such a quiet river…

 

Although the river is quiet, the local salt industry is still busy...

Although the river is quiet, the local salt industry is still busy…

 

Mountains of salt - of course, I'm writing this in the mildest December ever - but if the ice returns we'll be ready :-)

Mountains of salt – of course, I’m writing this in the mildest December ever – but if the ice returns we’ll be ready πŸ™‚

 

All go with the building work at Northwich...

All go with the building work at Northwich…

 

Still fascinating - no matter how many times we use the lift..

Still fascinating – no matter how many times we use the lift..

 

Rust...

Rust…

 

more rusts -hopefully not where it matters!

more rust -hopefully not where it matters!

 

Peek a boo!

Peek a boo!

 

I will never tire of this view from the top of the Anderton; the canal was where we needed to be, but I was sad to leave the Weaver...

I will never tire of this view from the top of the Anderton; the canal was where we needed to be, but I was sad to leave the Weaver…

 

 

 

 

 

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