Sunday, 17 July 2011

Towards Market Drayton

We have had better weather than expected, with only a few showers during the day, so today, Friday. we moved on to Audlem. 



A view towards Overwater marina (below Audlem) where nb ‘Barolo’, who beat us into second place at Crick!, now sits having some maintenance carried out.


We worked our way up the Audlem flight of locks (15 in all).  Here is a view of the pound between locks 12 and 13 outside the Shroppie Fly pub.  This is a modern reproduction of a traditional ‘butty’ (no engine). 


nb Chance and nb Niamh (opposite) moored at Audlem while we visited the Shroppie Fly for a pint.  Very hot and sunny.


A chance for a quick lie down – “they work me to the bone!”


We’ve come through the Adderley flight of 5 locks and found this delightful spot at bridge 66.  The water is deep enough to get into the bank here but a lot of the Shropshire Union canal is edged with concrete which carries on under water and, annoyingly, reduces the water depth.  It means you can’t always moor up where you’d like – it’s known as the ‘Shroppie Shelf’!  Weather not too good today but the evening has turned out well. 


Lyn and Chris enjoying the sunshine on their rear deck at bridge 66.  Good idea these cruiser sterns!

After a walk into Market Drayton for some provisions this morning and a pint in the pub at lunchtime, we have decided to stay put for the day.   Just as well as the rain hasn’t stopped since we returned to the boat!!!!  Tonight we are having a roast dinner on board nb Chance with Lyn and Chris.

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