Saturday, 11 April 2015

Shallow Canal & Quiz in the Navigation

We have had a great four days moored in Bugsworth Basin. The sun has been shining and the captain has caught up with a few jobs on board.
On Thursday evening we found our way into 'the Navigation' pub alongside the moorings. Joining us were Fred & Lisa from NB Chayandour who we last saw at Hack Green on the 'Shroppie' and who have spent a good part of the winter at Bugsworth.
Part way through the evening the landlord apeared with some Quiz papers and persuaded us to take part. It was a very light hearted affair but great fun. We put in a very creditable performance and came second. The Landlord supplied chip butties all round and we finally rolled back on board close to midnight.
This morning we awoke to the sound of wind and rain. Bad news as we had planned an early start back through Marple to avoid the draining of part of the canal on Monday to investigate a suspected leak. The rain had stopped by 9.30 so we made a dash for it. Not much of a dash, since the water levels are down and progress was painfully slow, sometimes coming to a stop at some of the bridges and having to pole ourselves off the bottom. On one particularly bad grounding we only got off with the help of the crew of 'NB Large Marge' who were following us. Many thanks Ladies for you invaluable help.
Back on the Macclesfield Canal progress improved and we are now moored at  Poynton for a the night.

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