Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sunny Saturday in Tarleton

Yesterday was amazingly sunny, warm and still, (storm Doris had hit us a couple of days ago) so we took advantage to spruce up the outside of the boat. We wiped it down, cleaned the windows, polished all the brass inside and out. John rubbed down and touched up some of the blemishes in the dark grey paint work. Plus, I sat on the bow and did some knitting until the sun went behind the new houses. 

Edmund was up for the weekend and Heather, Jason and the kids went to Rydal Water in the Lake District for the day. If we had gone too, they would have had to take both cars.

Today we got up nice and early to stroll up to Heather’s to prepare breakfast. It’s pretty cosy and mad with the 3 kids and 5 adults on the boat. After breakfast we all went to Southport to do 10 pin bowling, before all saying our good-byes to Edmund as he had to catch the 14.30 train.

 We had a small fishing competition by us today and they were just packing up when Heather dropped us back to the boat. We were fascinated to watch the weigh in and the wriggling roaches put back into the canal. The chap behind our boat won with 11lb 10oz total weight of his catch.


Heather’s birthday seems a long while ago. Ada & Dale were up for the weekend. As a birthday treat from us Heather & Jason stayed in a hotel on Albert Dock in Liverpool. Ada & Dale joined them but returned to baby sit the children and take them to their child care on Monday.


Last week we caught the bus to Preston to do some shopping. We also strolled along the Lancaster Canal from where it starts in Preston to the new Ribble link that was constructed on Savick Brook. The link was opened in 2002 to connect the Lancaster Canal with the main canal network via Tarleton (where we are now), along the River Douglas and River Ribble. Some of the newly constructed locks are on some tight bends which means narrow boats need to enter them backwards. 

Photo by Colin of the Wool Boat

 I enjoyed a lunch last Thursday at The Farmers Arms in Burscough to celebrate the 6th birthday of the knit and natter there.

We have had two brief encounter with lovely birds. One evening we were walking up the lane to the village and a Tawny owl was flying really low and had to swoop up to miss our heads. This evening a kingfisher was on our bow rope, but of course neither were caught on the camera.

Tomorrow we are heading to Rufford for a couple of weeks. On the way we’ll be stopping at the water point as our water tank’s pretty low after more than 2 weeks.

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