Thursday, January 20, 2011

Poor Roof

Yep - still able to move but - guess what??!!   We can’t go where we wanted cos of a stoppage!    A week ago there was a landslide in Woodeaves Cutting which is a couple of miles before Market Drayton going north on the Shroppie.    Latest is they have done the inspection and are waiting for contractors to give a date for removing the debris from the canal.    We did go as far as we could - Goldstone Wharf - but they have put a barricade on the towpath so we couldn’t get in to see the damage.      So, we winded and are now going back south - hopefully we will get through soon as we want to make our way up to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.     Can’t go any other way due to stoppages on the Trent and Mersey!     We know we can’t go up the Leigh Branch until early March due to stoppages but we could get there ready.
Hopefully it will be sorted soon (half-term is mid Feb so maybe be done by then?     Or will they have it done by Easter??!!

The roof is just about full of wood now!!     I think Dai is on a mission to see just how much we can get on before we start sinking!    As well as the wood from the BW chop down mentioned on blog last week, we found lots of fallen branches on the embankment these last few days.,  All good exercise though, the lugging, sawing, spliting and stacking!!    ---- except I won’t do the spliting - Big Bertha (Dai’s mad axeman tool) is way too frightening for me, but I’m quite happy to lug, saw and stack.

Late last week at Norbury Junction, we went off for our usual walk early afternoon with no moored boats near us.     Came back and there were four!!     Talking to them, they are travelling together and with us, there were 5 bloggers in a row - is this a record??

This bird feeding lark is getting way too serious now!!     We were almost out of fat balls last Sunday so decided to walk back to Gnosall where we know we could buy some.     Dull when we set out but when we got to Gnosall (2.5 miles down the towpath) the heavens opened - by the time we got back to the boat, we were drenched.    Them there birds had better  appreciate !     Dai now moaning that we have to moor where there are good branches for me to hang all the feeders where I can see them from my seat inside Jandai !

Frosts back these last couple of nights - we keeping a very close eye on it cos no way do we want to be iced in somewhere middle of nowhere with no facilities !      Freezing fog all day today with just a very watery sun trying to peep through mid afternoon.

Since last blog we have done …  15 miles and 0 locks
This makes total since Setting Off ….. 907 miles and  848 locks

These three photos of Woodeaves Cutting landslide are thanks to Norbury Wharf Blog - because we couldn't get through to take any ourselves

sorry Mick and John !   (the stack is even bigger after today's haul)

you can just see Dai's pile behind mine

two tit bums

1 comment:

  1. I love your blog it always makes me smile! Debbie.