It was quite quiet where we moored last night, we were the only boat there, I don't think I have known that before, I suspect it due to no boats coming via the Middlewich Branch.
Spring was nice yesterday but it looks as if we have fast forwarded to autumn with a dank, drizzly day and real rain at times.
The old jump leads started the engine first shot so we were away a bit earlier than planned, this resulted in a half hour wait at Preston Brook tunnel until 11 o'clock, there is only a 10 minute window on the hour on this tunnel as it takes between 15 and 20 minuets to transit it. By the time we were due to go through we had a hire boat from Middlewich behind us.
Exiting the tunnel on the Bridgewater it was time to put the big raincoat and hat on. We met a couple of boats before the science park and then I spotted the wash from this coming towards me round the bend. Moving over to let him through it was surprising how shallow the off side was, no wonder he was making a wash.
I don't know what was happening on the railway today but there were people on every bridge standing and watching as if they where waiting for something, but we didn't see it.
We carried on past Thorn Marine where we will be going tomorrow for our Boat Safety Inspection and hopefully certificate for the next 4 years and also a new starter battery so I can put the jump leads away. A little further on we saw our first ducklings of the season, we normally see some earlier than this, but there ones were quite a good size.
Our destination for tonight was Lymm and luckily there is just enough length for us to wind on the bend, you would probably just get a 60foot boat round if you place the bow correctly. We then reversed a few yards to slot into a vacant mooring spot for the night.