Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The Big One (15-4)

Wednesday 11th July 2012

Gas Street Basin. Shepcote Street Bridge.

The weather today is much the same as the weather has been for the last three months - Raining! In the later spring the rain was characterised by being cold. In the early summer its character changed again and it became slightly warmer. Here we are at the start of the "Sunny Summer Period" and the rain is slightly warmer still! So rather than a barometer to predict the weather - it seems I need to use a thermometer! 

We all went shopping once again in the city centre. This time we even took the dogs for a walk. Abbey is quite content to trot along anywhere and takes all obstacles in her stride. Poppy is like all young dogs much more inquisitive about everything. Whilst Abbey just seems to look straight ahead and get on with it. Poppy's eyes and nose are everywhere. But overall their behaviour in a crowded situation was exemplary. We also seemed to attract a large number of admirers - not us - the dogs! The two most heard comments are - "what breed are they" from those younger than 30. Most of the comments from the over 30's are "I have not seen one of those for years" Most people who are over 50 seems to have owned a "Wire Haired Fox Terrier" when they were a kid and meeting our two seems to bring back fond memories.

We had a few older working canal boats pass us yesterday and today, including Nb Collingwood and butty Nb Ash. We also had Nb Barnet, Nb Yeoford as well as Nb Scorpio pass through.

YEOFORD was built by W. J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd. for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company Ltd. at Northwich in 1937. Occasionally to be seen with butty ARGON
COLLINGWOOD Ex-BW 'Admiral Class', Birmingham & Midland Canal Carrying Co. Built by Isaac Pimblott & Sons Ltd of Northwich. 
ASH was was built by W. J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd. ASH was originally paired with motor ELM.  In recent years it has been a Birmingham & Midland camper, paired with Collingwood.
BARNET Motor Boat type "D" Grand Union Canal Carrying Co Ltd. Built by Harland & Wolff at Woolwich Shipyard 1935.
SCORPIO Scorpio is a 'Small Northwich' narrowboat built by Yarwoods for the GUCCCo. She passed into the British Waterways fleet in 1948 and is still owned by them, forming part of the heritage fleet. Brinklow rebuilt Scorpio back to original condition.

This Weeks Solar Panel Data.
Average 21.0 Ah per day  High 30Ah Low 10Ah 

Daily Total

Miles: 0.0
Locks: 0
Swing/Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 0.0
Diesel: 0

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 972.5
Locks: 722
Swing / Lift Bridges: 119
Tunnels: 9
Pump Outs: 11
Engine Hours: 2250.3
Diesel: 40L (49.57)


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