Last night we walked up to The Sun at Welsh Hampton and had a very tasty couple of meals. It didn’t all go to plan but once the problem was raised it was rapidly sorted and they made me a very generous proposal to recompense me. Anyone can have things go wrong, but to sort it out immediately to the customers satisfaction is unusual. The only down side its about a mile walk up country lanes, but thankfully no traffic.
This morning we were in no hurry to get away heading for Ellesmere to do some shopping, we met a steady stream of boats which meant when we arrived the arm was almost empty.
While Diana went to Tesco’s I refilled the stern tube greaser and checked the weed hatch before joining her to bring the shopping back to the boat. We had a bit of lunch before moving on to the junction to top up with water and empty rubbish. People often ask why CRT don’t have more recycling bins. Well this one has a notice on the top.
As we pushed off a hire boat came the other way keeping hard over to the offside, unfortunately he almost steamed straight into the drydock until I shouted at him to stop. We met several more boats as we made our way to Frankton Junction. In one of the fields we spotted a flock of Guineafowl, I haven’t had guineafowl for years.
I think this was at Winston Farm which now also have canal side lodges
We managed to meet boats in all the worst places, bridge holes, blind bends because of shrubs growing from the towpath. It wasn’t long before we reached Frankton Junction and turned down towards the locks, we are booked to go down between 2 and 12 tomorrow. When we arrived there were no other boats waiting but now we have one ahead on the lock moorings and one tight behind us.
7¼ miles, No Locks in 3½ hours