John's brought a GPS with his birthday money from Louise. It runs with the Water Explorer programme so you can keep track of us. There's a link on the blog (as you've no doubt already seen).
We left Burscough mid morning Thursday after getting water and are now moored at Rufford, getting ready for our run to Tarleton to pick up Ada & Dale next Friday. We'll stay here until the beginning of next week then move nearer Heather & Jason's. We had a lovely run from Burscough and were lucky enough to have two volunteer lock keepers to help us down the first 3 locks on the Rufford Arm.
Friday morning we were up bright'n early to catch the bus to Tarleton to cheer Nikita and the other kids at Tarleton Primary School along on their sponsored jym jams jog. They'll have the option to keeping their jym jams on all day or change into uniform. We had bacon sarnies and did a bit of gardening at Heather's before catching the bus to Southport for some shopping.
Yesterday we caught the train to Preston to get the bits we weren't able to get Friday.
We left Eldonian Village earlier than planned on Monday 13th as a lot of boats were going into the dock at Liverpool and the rest were making a hasty exit as our 24 hour police protection was stopping Monday evening. We were booked to go through the swing bridges on Thursday 16th, so we headed to Litherland where we stayed for three nights. While we were at Litherland we went to the launderette to wash the winter duvet.
We also strolled to Crosby beach to see the Gormley statues. There are 100 cast, naked statues of the sculptor over a 2km length of beach and 1km into the sea. Some of the statues on the duny foreshore were waist high in sand & some lower on the beach were all exposed and had barnacles on them, plus rather a lot of sea gull poo. John suggested I organise a yarn bombing session to give them all willy warmers in the winter.
On the Thursday we headed for the 09.30 bridge opening and carried onto Burscough, which was the longest trip in one go we've done so far, about 19.5 miles.
The Burscough Heritage weekend was excellent. There were several restored Mersey flats, the wide beam boats that did most of the transportation. Heather, Jason and the children joined us on Saturday, the weather was glorious. Nikita & Magnus were invited to accompany the morris dancers and played tambourine at the Wharf. Sunday afternoon, just as the heavens opened the home made raft race went by. The kids loved honking John's new super duper hooter at the rafts.
For father day, Heather & Jason picked us up to go for breakfast at the Wetherspoons in Ormskirk which was excellent.
We've decided we don't want to be wild life photographers. We've been watching Mr & Mrs House Martin feeding their three fledglings and the moment we get out the camera the parents decided to take a very long break!!!!