We had a good night last night at The Red Bull pub with the Trent and Mersey canal Society. They laid on a good Christmas meal with loads of fresh veg, we even managed to win a prize in one of the quiz rounds, mind you, we came last in the other round. Not quite a bottle of Prosecco but a Prosecco Candle.
How different it all was this morning with a grey, damp, dull day with fine drizzle that gets in everywhere. First job was to fill with water, the tap was just behind us and then off down the Cheshire Locks.
At one time after the locks were paired there was a connection between the two lock so that emptying one the water could be used to fill the other. On the derelict lock at Church Top Lock you can still see the remains of the paddle gear with just the end of the rod visible.
As I was getting ready to go into lock 50 while Diana was setting Lock 51 Martin from the coal and diesel boat Halsall turned up on his bike to set the adjoining lock, so we waited in our lock to let him get ahead, he even had 51 all set ready for him, but he didn't get very far as the pound below 51 was dry, so while he let water down through 51, Diana let water down behind us through lock 50. It wasn't long before we were both on our way again.
We went by and moored for the night while Martin and Brian carried on down to
Wheelock. He is actually in Middlewich.