Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Our main event last month was attending the Ellesmere Port Boat Museums Easter Gathering. Ourselves & Alton have been supporting this event for the past 20 years (not always together) & it's one of our favourite events. The weather was fairly good & it was wonderful to catch up with family & old friends over a tea & hot cross buns or a pint or two in the Rolt Centre. On Easter Sunday we had a busy time making deliveries to many of the visiting boats at the Port, it's become something of a tradition for Alton's previous owner George Boyle to take the tiller & give Ann Marie the day off, it was great to see him skillfully manoeuvre Alton into all sorts of nooks & crannies around the Port.
Before heading back to the Macc, we returned via the River Weaver, its so lovely to get some deep water under the boat & we were treated to the Wonderful sight of Joel (powered by a Kelvin Paraffin engine) passing us near Barton, closely followed by Stamford, Severn, & Kenilworth all having returned from the Port via the Manchester Ship Canal. We had a good run up & down the river with deliveries down to Dutton & back up as far as Vale Royal.
After another hectic month, we've still not kept to our New Years resolution of taking a few days off, so the first weekend in May we decided to take a busman's holiday & joined the Carter Family & friends for their annual Dingy Dawdle on the River Weaver. It was just what we needed to let our hair down, simply messing about on the river. We had a great chilled out day, exploring parts of the river we could never reach on a narrowboat whilst soaking up the sun. We had a hoot & after a successful rescue of an outboard engine from the bottom of the river, the day was topped off with a barbecue & a good old natter around the fire, we do like the simple things in life. A huge thank you to the Carter Family for arranging a great day.
So far in May we've been trying to get on top of some much needed cleaning & maintenance on the boats without much success, we're also been kept very busy with fendermaking orders, so it's been a bit of a case of trying to make hay whilst the sun shines.
This month we're looking forward to attending Bollington Festival & Etruria Canal Festival, our May/June schedule is as follows:-
Thurs 8th: Road deliveries to Cheshire Run inc Congleton, Kidsgrove, Middlewich, Nantwich, Ellesmere Port, Northwich & River Weaver in addition Stoke, Stone and Audlem
Sat 10th - Sun 11th: Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Whaley Bridge via Macclesfield, Poynton & Marple
Mon 12th: Return Whaley Bridge to Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) via Marple, Poynton & Macclesfield
Thurs 22nd: Road deliveries to Cheshire Run inc. Congleton, Kidsgrove, Middlewich, Nantwich, Ellesmere Port, Northwich & River Weaver in addition Stoke, Stone and Audlem
Fri 23rd:- Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Bollington
Sat 24th - Attending Bollington Festival
Sun 25th - Mon 26th: Bollington to Whaley Bridge via Macclesfield, Poynton & Marple
Tues 27th: Return Whaley Bridge to Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) via Marple, Poynton & Macclesfield
Wed 28th: Road deliveries to Hyde, Ashton under Lyne & Manchester
Thurs 29th - Fri 30th: Oakgrove to Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent
Sat 31st - Sun 1st June: Attending Etruria Canal Festival
Fri 6th - Sat 7th: Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Whaley Bridge via Macclesfield, Poynton & Marple
Sun 8th: Return Whaley Bridge to Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) via Marple, Poynton & Macclesfield
Mon 9th - Thurs 12th: Oakgrove to Ellesmere Port via Congleton. Kidsgrove, Middlewich and Nantwich
Thurs 12th - Fri 13th Ellesmere port to Middlewich
Sat 14th - Sun 15th: Attending Middlewich Boat and Folk Festival
Sun 15th - Tues 17th: Middlewich to River Weaver & Preston Brook.
Wed 18th - Thurs 19th: Preston Brook to Oakgrove (br 49) Macc via Middlewich and Congleton
Fri 20th- Sun 22nd: Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) to Whaley Bridge via Macclesfield, Poynton & Marple
Mon 23rd: Return Whaley Bridge to Oakgrove (Br49 Macc) via Marple, Poynton & Macclesfield
Wed 25th: Road deliveries to Whaley Bridge, Hyde, Ashton under Lyne & Manchester
Please note this is our planned schedule, which may be subject to change due to traffic, customer volume, stoppages & weather. If you require supplies, to ensure delivery please text or call us on 07791345004.
Cheers, Brian & Ann Marie
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