Thursday, 3 July 2014

Spring Summer Cruise 2014 ❸❺

Cranfleet Lock to Western Lock

Overnight the weather was quite mild.

Morning: A quick trip up the Erewash to get rid of the household rubbish. Then a steady cruise through Trent Lock heading towards the Trent and Mersey Canal. We shared a lock with a lovely lady on her first week single handing a narrowboat called Kookaburra. Working her way between Nottingham and the sunset at one lock a day.

Afternoon: We stopped early in the afternoon for lunch. Before heading a bit further along the cut. At Western Lock we shared the lock with a couple with the same names as us.  Then we decided to call it a day. I spent a bit of time during the afternoon watching aircraft leaving and arriving at East Midlands Airport.

Evening: An evening spent with Jezza and the Top Gear team.


Birds: House Sparrow, Carrion Crow, Rook, Magpie, Starling, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Grey Lag Goose, Canadian Goose, Coot, Waterhen, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon, Chaffinch, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Swift, Buzzard, Oyster Catcher and the highlight being a Buzzard.

Butterflies: Meadow Brown, Comma, Red Admiral and Orange Tip 
Bats: Pipistrelle.
Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, Common Demoiselle, Red Darter, Four Spot Chaser.
Today's Total.
Miles: 6.3
Locks: 5
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 3.5
Solar Panels: 35 Ah
Accumulated Total.
Miles: 1880.6
Locks: 1146
Swing / Lift Bridges: 295
Tunnels: 26
Pump Outs: 20
Engine Hours: 2873.7

Solar Panels: 15473 Ah

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