Wednesday, 9 May 2012

The Big One (6-4)

Saxilby Visitor Moorings to Wigford Way Bridge (Lincoln)

I was awake quite early, a bit before dawn. I was laid with my eyes closed listening to the dawn chorus. A short time later the sunshine was drying the moisture off the grass. Wet following a bit of overnight rain. Swirls of mist lay low on the water surface, which also soon went with the warmth of the sun. We set off early to enjoy what's left of today's sun before the predicted rain arrives once more. 

Another milestone in the blog has been reached today, as this is posting number 600.

Soon we were under-way and after about a mile or so we stopped to drop the pram cover down to enjoy a cruise along the canal in the sunshine. We soon passed Burton Waters Marina, but it looked like there was no one home! There was however a distinct lack of mooring space in the Lincoln area, so we ended up breasted up to our erstwhile travelling companions. Pauline and John AKA the crew of Nb Mary A.

Soon afterwards we were off on another shopping trip into town. This time we took the dogs with us. As usual they soon attracted a few admirers. With the usual comments of you don't see many of those today. To which I usually say, well you have seen two so far. However, on the concourse outside Wilkinsons Abbey soon had them eating out of her hand, or to be more factually accurate she was eating out of theirs. We now know that she has a liking for prawn sandwiches. Someone had been planning to eat the sandwiches for lunch - but they were given the full sad-eye treatment and they were soon coerced to share, in a one sided sort of way.

Later Pauline and John departed in Mary M in the direction of the Pyewipe Inn to meet up with family and friends for a meal. But first they went through the Glory Hole to turn around. To shouts of "Go on - Clear off" from us, they retorted with "We did not like the neighbour's anyway."

Wildlife: The highlight today was when we spotted a pair of Common Terns. These silvery-grey and white birds have long tails which have earned them the nickname "sea-swallow". They have a buoyant, graceful flight on slender pointed wings and are often noisy in company. This pair were very vocal and followed us for about half a mile. The common terns have just migrated all the way up from the west coast of Africa.

Daily Total
Miles: 5.8
Locks: 0
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 1.6

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 694.2
Locks: 652
Swing / Lift Bridges: 114
Tunnels: 6
Pump Outs: 9
Engine Hours: 2110.6


1 comment:

  1. We should pass you at the weekend. All being well and if we fix our leaky water pump tonight then we are heading off to Dog Dyke for a good booze up on Saturday night. Will keep an eye out for you.


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