Friday, 8 June 2012

The Big One (10-6)

Friday 8th June 2012

Willington to Shobnall Fields.

More rain last night, the wind also picked up in strength. It seems to be turn around day for the hire boats and we had a few nudges from passing craft. Inexperienced helmsmen struggling with the wind. We have all been there. Is it me or are ladies on the tiller more prepared to slow down and seem a bit more careful. The nudges were all blokes including one who pulled a couple of pins out of the tow-path for us. 

At 2pm we decided to move, the grass cutting contractors were just starting their decorating of boats with wet grass clippings. Having had one strimmer pebble break a window so far this trip. The rain had backed off and we thought we might like to get a head start before the next round of hire boats headed our way!

We came upon our first narrow lock (Dallow Lock) of the trip so far and the Memsahib was delighted with the ease of operation when compared to the deep broad locks on the rest of the Trent and Mersey. Shobnall Fields is a good mooring, perfect if you have a four legged companion as there are huge fields for them to run around on. 

Wildlife: The National Bat Monitoring Programme Annual Report for 2011 has just been published and is available on-line here. We had a visit from a pair of swans and their nine cygnets. A magnificent female Kestrel was spotted plucking a recent catch. 

Daily Total
Miles: 4.4
Locks: 1
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 2.2

Accumulated Totals

Miles: 760.4
Locks: 672
Swing / Lift Bridges: 115
Tunnels: 6
Pump Outs: 10
Engine Hours: 2177.7


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