Saturday 25th to Monday 27th February
The Captain and Boatwif self-prescribed a cruise: maybe cool fresh
So that Techno Son-in-Law could run the school
During Friday preparations for a mini-cruise had been made: the water tank was filled, the stove lit and the bed made up. Cupboards had been checked for supplies, the inventory revealing a few surprises: absolutely no washing up liquid or filter coffee, only a few teabags but three unopened jars of honey and nine cartons of chopped tomatoes...
Mid-morning on Saturday anglers and the occupants of a boat moored alongside the towpath opposite the moorings watched as Cleddau was eased away from the pontoon. There was gentle fending off from the neighbouring boat, some very careful reversing out and then Cleddau was swung north bound, just for a few hundred yards, before another precise manoeuvre was required to wind the boat to head south.
Off we set, past The Trading Post, (new name: Bailey's Trading Post) open for hot drinks, diesel, pump outs and marine maps, off past the wider water which runs alongside Poynton's recreation ground, heading south towards Bollington. The steep slopes of
On the cruise went, through Bollington, Kerridge and Macclesfield, for just about nine and a half miles. Where were we to turn round? Check the Captain's map (Nicholson): beyond the Oak Grove swing bridge. Check Boatwif's favourite map (Geo Projects): a winding hole at Lyme Green is marked. So, cold to the core, the Cleddau crew turned the boat at Lyme Green, and cruised a half mile back to the Gurnett Aqueduct. Seagulls wheeled over head while the sound of cheers, roars and drums floated across a couple of fields from the
After a quiet night (bar the coughing) a dry day dawned. Two moorhens lurked optimistically by the side hatch. Boatwif weakened, sprinkling a few crumbs of bread. A swift response arrival brought another two dozen moorhens, shoving and pushing one another out of the way, throwing water splashes right up to the hatch opening. We cast off, a lone church bell tolling. Back through Macclesfield, noting changes here and there: the goats near the canal apparently gone, various solar panel arrays, a huge transport depot being dismantled, foundations being laid on a site right next to
We pulled in for an overnight mooring opposite Lyme View Marina. Here was time for a
Then a return to checklists:
Remember to turn the fridge over to gas when moored up
Check the hull for paint scrapes
Reduce the high airing cupboard chimney vent to aid centre rope throwing
Fit the new fireside mat
Clean the horn contacts
Find picture fixings
Plan to strip and re-varnish the long boat hook
On Monday morning it was but a half hour cruise back to Cleddau's home moorings. No sign now of anglers, joggers and dog walkers, just nb
Thus was completed the second little cruise of 2012. Conclusions: checklist almost completed; some improvement in the coughs and sniffles: repeat prescription strongly recommended for April...