Friday, 17 April 2015

Spring Summer Cruse 2015 ❶

Mercia Marina  to Stenson Lock 


Overnight the weather quite cool though we avoided any frosts.

Morning: Up early to prepare the boat for a short cruise as Marina Mange had set in. The first meal of the day was the full traditional English breakfast. Followed by several cups of coffee from our new percolator coffee pot. It was late in the morning before everything was finally ready. First port of call was Midland Chandlers to pick up a new Fridge Freezer and a new boat stove. Both of which we had bought the previous week in their freaky Friday sale.

Afternoon: Just after lunch we finally came out of the marina, turned left. Then enjoyed a slow cruise up to Stenson lock. We passed several other marina boats that were doing the same as ourselves. We found a visitor mooring space that was a perfect fit between two other boats. Only 6" longer and Rosie would not have fitted in! It was our intention to visit the Bubble Inn for a meal in the evening.

Evening: The evening came and we decided to forgo the visit to the Bubble Inn and prepared a meal on board.  It was good to be out on the cut! It was a warm evening and the bats were active.


Birds: House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Starling, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Chiffchaff, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail, Coot, Waterhen, Canadian Goose, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon,  Black Headed Gull, Swallow, House Martin, Swift, Tufted Duck the highlight being an Oyster Catcher.

Butterflies: Meadow Brown
Bats: Pipistrelle and  Daubentons

Today's Total.
Miles: 2.1
Locks: 0
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 13.1
Solar Panels: 20 Ah
Accumulated Total.
Miles: 2125.0
Locks: 1311
Swing / Lift Bridges: 299
Tunnels: 37
Pump Outs: 21
Engine Hours: 3078.7

Solar Panels: 19742Ah

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