Yesterday dawned with one of those chilly, misty mornings that seem to herald the onset of autumn but the sun soon burnt its way through the cloud and there was a lovely hot day ahead of us.
We set off with Bill and Eileen on ‘New Dawn’ for the short trip to Nantwich. The bridge at Hack Green Locks is now shrouded in scaffolding while the contractors carry out the rebuilding after years of neglect.
When it was ‘Chances’ turn through the locks we had to wait for workmen to shift a huge and heavy clump of reeds which had got caught in the spill weir. Very reminiscent of council workers – one doing all the work while the others look on!
The Rosebay Willow Herb look their glorious best at this time of year.
‘New Dawn’ cruises through bridge 88 while Doug takes his morning walk on the towpath. (Look out for that pale blue shirt in a few more photos later!)
After finding a couple of mooring spots near the aqueduct at Nantwich we took a walk into the town. We like this historic town very much and the buildings have a lot to do with that.
This is part of the main shopping street.
St. Marys church with its unusual octagonal tower and the lovely open area around it.
The Olde Wych Theatre.
These cottages were built in the early 17th century and, in 1676, were converted into Alms Houses to accommodate six widows.
This is probably Tudor and looks like it’s being “improved”.
Later in the afternoon, back at the boats, Eileen got out the bubbly and Doug proffered his lovely nibbles (ooh matron!) and we enjoyed drinks before a grand buffet meal.
We even had an Armed Forces flypast!
Although it was bit windy for a while the sun continued to shine well into the evening, but as the shadows lengthened we retired to the warm of ‘New Dawn’ for a cup of tea.
We’ve had a great day again with Eileen and Bill and it’s nice for us to be in Nantwich again.