Wednesday, January 26, 2011

baaaaa - brrrrr

this tree just made me laugh on a cold morning

Ha Ha Ha !!!
We're back where we started 2 weeks ago ---- at Wheaton Aston.   At least I have been able to stock up on freerange eggs from Bridge Farm which is just a spit from the canal and get some cash from the lovely man at the Post Office (via his link machine I hasten to add!!).

Two weeks of gradually moving up to Goldstone and back again ---- blast that landslide (literally I hope pretty soon).    They have started work and latest email from BW is that they might be able to work out some sort of restricted passage next week but we’ll have to wait for the next update.   

First lambs - yes, you read that right.    Spotted first lambs of 2011 last Monday when cruising from Gnosall to Wheaton Aston.   I thought I was seeing things - can’t ever remember seeing lambs this early in the year.   Before you know it, twill be “first ducklings” / first goslings / first mooties (well, what do you call moorhen babies??).      We have noticed light is not fading now till about 5 ish ---- never clocked things like that before living on the boat.    You just seemed to realise about Easter time that the evening light is getting longer.     And then the nights start drawing in ----- stop Janice, its only January!!

Yes, those little white things are lambs - first of 2011 for us.
Seems so early - keep warm little babies
Had two really good nights in the pub with Fred and Lisa off one of Norbury Wharf’s hireboats - first at The Wharf on Shebdon Embankment and then the next night at the Navigation in Gnosall.    They had hired for 2 weeks but had to give the boat back last Saturday - we remember well the horrible feeling of your last night onboard for some time.

Very very foggy last Monday most of day - look at pictures below.     Looks like we were back in the dreaded Ice Age doesn’t it !

Since last blog we have done …  10 miles and 0 locks
This makes total since Setting Off ….. 917 miles and  848 locks

Des Res right by the canal

freezing foggy morning Jan 20
same morning
but our snow is nothing like that in Boston, MA in January as picture taken from our friends Ethan and Nancy's house shows - and they were expecting more snow!

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