We moored last night at Wrenbury Church Moorings, a lovely soft evening, and we’re lucky enough to choose the right evening when the bell-ringers were practising in the church. The fish were jumping for flies, the birds were having their last song of the day, and the melodious church bells just topped the moment.
It’s become a bit of a ritual; after breakfast, and while sipping coffee, we get out the maps to plan the day. Today we’ve got 3 lift bridges, 7 locks, and a ‘staircase’ of three locks.
Trying to line the boat up through the locks is a ‘lost cause’, no matter how careful we tried to get through the locks, it was impossible to not knock the boat. To get past the torrent of water, the boat needs a bit of power behind it, get it wrong and the bigger the knock. Going gently doesn’t work as it’s not easy steer the boat without any power under the tiller. It’s a challenge!
The staircase lock was ‘exciting’, and we were helped by two ‘Velockies’; two volunteer lock-keepers! Lucky for us the ‘season’ for Velockies started just a few days ago.
There’s lots of plants that I’ve never seen before… we’re wondering what these are?
Cute little lambs everywhere you look, these cheeky chappies have managed to get on the wrong side of the fence. No matter what species, kids will be kids…
Couldn’t resist taking a pic of this glorious tree!
It’s not a good picture, though it’s to show the little ‘cupboard’ that is in the bridge. Hundred of years ago employers of barge workers would leave messages in the cupboards for their employees. Also local traders would leave bread, milk, and other provisions in the cupboard for payment. The only other canal that we can think where there are such bridges is on the Coventry Canal. No doubt as time and miles go by, we’ll discover other canals with the same ‘cupboards’.