Doug had a busy weekend back at home tidying the garden and cutting hedges, as well as catching up with friends and neighbours, With an unexpected invite to join Adam and Adrian (nb Briar Rose) for dinner at their house on Saturday evening, thanks again guys it was great to catch up with you both! James and Oscar had a busy weekend at Wheaton Aston cleaning and maintaining Chance.
Doug returned to the boat on Monday morning with our good friends Ann and John, who are staying for a week with us. We set off from Wheaton Aston by 10am and headed north towards Chester.
Ann, John and Doug enjoying some good weather and a glass of wine!
We met Angela and Graham on nb Banjo at Gnosal Heath (who we met previously on the River Soar at MGM while we were having some snags sorted). They have been to York and back since then! We had a quick chat with them and then onto Goldstone Wharf where we moored for the night.
Tuesday 26th July.
We set off early at 8.30am as it was a beautiful sunny day. We passed through Woodseaves cutting, luckily without meeting any boats coming the other way as it is very narrow. The 5 locks at Tyrley were a delight as always.
After stopping at Market Drayton, and paying a visit to the new Asda for supplies, we continued on to the Adderley flight of 5 locks and then onto the flight of 15 locks at Audlem. At the top of Audlem a ‘chance’ meeting with Diane (known as “the Lady with the engine in the front - long story!) and Dave. They remembered us from 3 years ago when we met them, again, on the Shroppie! Great to see you both again and hope to meet up for longer next time.
Ann and John walking ahead of “Chance” to prepare yet another lock at Audlem!
We passed the Shroppie fly pub at the bottom of the Audlem flight.
Here’s John with the 23rd lock of the day under his belt! We have moored up just passed Overwater marina and had a lovely BBQ and watched the sun set.
Thunder clouds threaten but don’t come to anything – a lovely warm evening.
Sunset over the Shroppie.
12 miles and 25 locks!