Thursday, 23 November 2017

Church Minshull

Here I am Rune
Distance 6.3 miles
Total 2915 Locks  136 Tunnels
Running total mileage 4148.8 miles

Since we are still waiting for the bricks to renovate the fire, we’ve decided to go off on a bit of a cruise up to Preston Brook to get some coal from Midland Chandlers. We happen to like Stoveglow fuel and can’t seem to find anyone else selling it around here. To that end we are back up the Middlewich arm to Aqueduct marina where there is a very pleasant mooring on the embankment with a nice rural view. Tomorrow we should be in Middlewich to get the weekend shop and then on towards Preston Brook. This little jaunt will up our tunnel count since there are three tunnels on the way (6 for the round trip).

Sunday, 19 November 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 3.3 miles
Total 2913 Locks  136 Tunnels
Running total mileage 4142.5 miles

Well, a few days at Hurleston, during which I did get my replacement axe, and we have now hopped on a bit further to Calverely, once again to do all the domestic stuff, more water, dump rubbish, etc. Having tried out the replacement axe I now realise how blunt the old one was as this one chops up the kindling in no time.

I’m not sure how long we will hang around here at Calverley since there isn’t much here and all we are really doing is waiting for the parts for the stove. I think we will be staying here at least for tomorrow but after that I’m not sure.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 2 miles
Total 2913 Locks  136 Tunnels
Running total mileage 4139.2 miles

As planned, today’s trip did all of the domestic stuff (re-fuelled, topped up with water, emptied the Elsan) and then a short trip out to Hurleston. Collected a couple more wooden pallets for kindling today, however whilst cutting them up I managed to drop the hatchet into the canal. After about 30 minutes of trying to fish it back out with a sea searcher magnet I gave up so it looks as though I’m going to have to go into Nantwich to get another axe tomorrow.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Nantwich (still)

Here I am Rune
Distance 1.6 miles
Total 2913 Locks  136 Tunnels
Running total mileage 4137.2 miles

After a trip away from the boat back to Devon, we are now back aboard although today’s mileage is only included for completeness since all I did was to take the boat down to the Nantwich winding hole to turn around and come back again. Tomorrow will be more of a move, probably out to Hurleston since we need to re-fuel and visit the sanitary station to take on water and dump rubbish on the way so some of the day will be lost. I have contacted the stove repair man and he is waiting for parts to refurbish the stove so we will be lingering in the area for quite a bit longer I believe.