Monday, 22 September 2008

Pottering about.

0 Locks, 7 Miles. Now moored between bridges 4 & 5 Middlewich Branch Shropshire Union Canal

Saturday we had arranged a lunchtime meeting with Syd and Maureen "Nb Terhou" at The Barbridge Inn so we had to travel about a mile to the nearest winding hole to head north in the direction of Chester. We had met Syd and Maureen on the River Thames last year at Cullam lock during the May flooding along with Derek and Christina on "Nb Kalimera".

I think it was the first time we have actually moored on pub moorings which we did to make it easy for them to find us. It transpires that our guests, Wilma and Bunty, who were with us at the time had kept in contact with Syd and Maureen and had invited them to New Zealand so they were keen to talk to us about their forthcoming arrangements for the visit to the Antipodes. After a very nice lunch which we had in brilliant sunshine out in the beer garden we wished them well for their forthcoming journey.

As it was a beautiful day we decided to do a short cruise up the Middlewich branch to visit Midway Marine and Venetian chandleries to pick up supplies in preparation for next months dry docking. From Nantwich all the way through to Venetian Marine this canal is obviously very popular with plenty of boat movements and moorings very much in demand.  Monday morning we will head back to Nantwich for a few days and then hopefully head off to the Anderton Lift.

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