We had a decision to make, do we go 'darn sarf' for winter, or do we go 'up norf'! We decided on going up North to see if we can meet up with family and friends over Christmas and New Year.
Our aim is to cruise to Chester. Though originally we'd decided to head for Llangollen, but having seen the 'winter maintenance schedule' from the 'Canal & River Trust', we discovered the Llangollen Canal has been scheduled for several areas of maintenance, which could result in us getting stuck in an area for weeks on end while the maintenance is completed.
Yesterday morning, after loading the boat with water, food, and diesel; we set off from Trinity Marina at Hinckley, for the 4 hour cruise to Springwood Haven Marina. We had booked the boat into Springwood Haven Marina for some work on her. We arrived mid afternoon, and moored outside of the marina for the night, ready for our 9.30 a.m. appointment.
Steak was on the menu for dinner, and two seasoned beauties were placed in the pan, ready to start cooking when the new potatoes had almost cooked... but ... I couldn't get a lite on the hob. It was obvious, we'd run out of gas! We knew it wouldn't be long before we ran out as we've not replaced the gas cylinder since picking up the boat at the end of August.
We'd also arranged for Peter Roberts, a boat cover manufacturer, to meet us at the marina. Peter is making Cyan a 'pram hood' for the deck, and he needed to measure and create templates for Cyan. The templates will be used to make the cover, which is scheduled to be fitted this Friday while we're at Great Heywood Marina on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
After having a new battery charger fitted, two gas cylinders replaced, and waving off Peter Roberts, we set off on our December cruise!
What a beautiful day it was today! The 'Coventry Canal' looked magnificent!
It seems around each bend in the canal, there was something interesting to see:
After descending down 9 of the 11 locks at Atherstone, we moored up for the night
Fresh air, plenty of exercise, a lovely cosy fire, and a 'tropically warm' boat leads to a sleepy evening.