Saturday, 21 April 2012

The Big One (3-7)

Saturday 21st April 2012

Castleford Visitor Moorings to Ferrybridge Visitor Moorings.

I woke up bright and early to find brilliant sunshine streaming in through the port holes.I took the dogs up to the lock to have a look at the water gauge. The river level has fallen by about three feet and is now just out of the red. So the Memsahib went to do a bit of last moment shopping and I did a few bits to get the boat ready for moving on.

A few more Swallows passing through on migration to their summer breeding grounds. I wonder where the Sand Martins and the House Martins are. Last year House Martin numbers were down on previous years. I thought it might have been something to do with a poor breeding season the year before. But the weather has been topsy turvy so far this year - so maybe the weather conditions are not conducive enough to bring the birds back in numbers yet.

After lunch a few boats started to arrive from Ferry Bridge and everyone reported an easy trip up river. So we decided to go for it. At 14:00 We pulled the pins and headed for the lock. We shared the lock with Dave on Nb Red Rock. The river was just on the line between green and yellow. The uneventful  trip down stream to Ferrybridge was over in a little over an hour.

We decided that the visitor moorings at Ferrybridge would be a good place to stop. A very secure place and one where we could let the dogs run free for a while. Later, GRP Video Star arrived with "Elvis" on board. Elvis is a stunning one year old Dalmatian. The dogs had a great deal of fun chasing each other around. Later when the lights came on, a few Pipistrelle bats were detected hunting down the insects attracted to the lights.

Ferrybridge Visitor Moorings

The sun broke through the clouds and lit up the moorings against the black back ground of the storm clouds. A few moments later the rain arrived.  A few more Swallows swirling over the water feeding on insects in the last of the sun light. A few Cormorants were also observed flying down river. A few Willow Tits fluttering around in the trees. Its beginning to feel like summer is not all that far away!


Daily Total
Miles: 4.8
Locks: 2
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 13.3

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 622.1
Locks: 643
Swing / Lift Bridges: 102
Tunnels: 6
Pump Outs: 8
Engine Hours: 2075.9


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