Wednesday, 16 April 2014

On to Higher Poynton

I had booked a Tesco delivery for Tuesday morning.  At 8.55am I was standing at the corner of the road waiting for the van.  I had to use the address of a local house to tie in with the postcode and although I had added the ' YOU ARE DELIVERING TO A BOAT ON THE CANAL ADJACENT TO THE CAR PARK' I was not convinced that the delivery driver would read my instructions before he/she had parked on someones drive and started to unload.  
The dogs and I waited patiently for 40 minutes and then a van came trundling up the lane ...
Mr. Tesco arrives.
I waved and indicated he should pull into a small car park and then identified myself. 
I was right to be there for he had not read the additional information that the website allows you to make - I could just see an embarrassed Lesley explaining to a householder why I had used their address - but all was well and my cheery delivery man loaded the crates on his trolley and pushed it along the towpath to the boat where we quickly decanted the goods on to Yarwood's deck, thanked and tipped the driver and set about getting things stored away so we could be off. 
 
Food stored we move off towards Higher Poynton
 
A team of grass cutters had just been through..

This footbridge has  replaced a former swing bridge the remains of which are clear to seen to the right
 
The swing bridge pivot base

As we approach Higher Poynton, and next to the camp site that Paul and Elaine of Nb Caxton are going to use for a few weeks before they head off to the continent in their mobile shed, is a section of collapsed sheet piling...

 
Arriving at Poynton we find Nb. Festina Lente on the water point - the tap is so slow you drip feed your water tank - so we gave topping up a miss and pulled back on to the last, or first, of the moorings.  We wandered down to chat to Andy and Sue and then waved them off as they headed out to try an alternative winding hole to the one they were in to fill with water - Andy said on his blog post that he hadn't noticed he was sitting in a winding hole..

Off goes Andy and Sue aboard Nb. Festina Lente
 
I then prepared a 'fast day' lunch before heading off with Fletcher and Floyd to explore Lyme Park which is accessible from both the Macclesfield and the Peak Forest canals. 
Five years ago when we were here with Jill and Graham on Nb. Matilda Rose, Jill and I spent many an hour tramping around this estate and it was a real treat to be revisiting this bit of Cheshire - actually it is a real treat to be in lovely Cheshire anyway. 
 
Photo of the stately pile, Lyme Park

And another from the deer park
 
A white fallow deer - Houghton Hall in Norfolk have a herd of these white deer
 
 
We then encounter a problem, to you and I a stile, to Floyd an insurmountable and puzzling obstacle!
 Fletcher has jumped over, I have  climbed over followed in turn by not one, but two families with children and dogs and still Floyd stays the other side.

Help, don't leave me?
 
Five stone plus dog is picked up by five foot tall woman and carried over ...GB weight lifting team shows interest!
 
Heading back towards the boat after spending over an hour exploring we come across a dry stone wall under repair. 
 

Using formers to get the profile of the wall right and consistent
 

Lovely job

Monday, 14 April 2014

Sunday into Monday

With the sun out on Sunday out came the walkers and cyclists and boats and things were quite busy along this stretch of canal.  The close proximity of the lovely Middlewood Way, the disused railway line running between Macclesfield and Marple  that is now used as a walk/cycle/ bridleway, introduces the opportunities for a number of circular walks/rides and plenty of people were taking advantage including myself and the dogs.  We went off and joined the Middlewood way and turned south towards Bollington.

She's pointing the camera at us again Floyd

 A gentle low level stile....unless you are
 

Floyd, my special needs dog who doesn't often engage what little brain he has and can not work out what to do when faced with an obstruction like this.  I had to walk back to rescue him as he was shouting the odds at being left to deal with this himself!

 Along the stretch into Bollington the County Council have provided an upper level path that keeps dog walkers separate from cyclists...how thoughtful.

 Nb. Festina Lente crossing the Bollington aqueduct and approaching Clarence Mill

Arriving in  Bollington I rejoined the canal, climbing the long steep steps up the embankment on to the towpath.  At the top I spied Andy and Sue on Nb. Festina Lente  just approaching the aqueduct on their way through.  Catching them up as I walked the towpath back to Yarwood I called a greeting and we arranged to meet up for a drink.  The Windmill Inn is only a short walk from bridge 25 and it serves real ale and good food so we arranged to meet there for a pint, or was it two, of Doombar. Surprisingly, the Windmill is also dog friendly so a double bonus!

 Joe outside the Windmill taking a compass reading for the TV aerial
 

 L-R Sue, Andy and Joe who has just learnt it is his round... (joke Joe)
 
We had a lovely couple of hours doing what boaters do...talk and we rounded it off with a cuppa aboard Yarwood.
 This chap was my neighbour Sunday evening
 
 Mr Hare...lovely eyes

 In the next field were these long wool sheep, any ideas what breed they are?
 
 I am being educated about breeds of cattle thanks to Adam Henson on BBC's Countryfile on a Sunday evening but I am not too clever when it comes to sheeps..
 
So now into Monday..
 
The first job was to see if we could sort a postcode for a possible Tesco delivery and when that was achieved I set to with the old Ipad to order supplies which are due delivery tomorrow morning. That done we had a word with Andy who was moored where we need to be for the Tesco man and as he prepared to move off he called Joe and we brought Yarwood and jumped into Nb. Festina Lente's vacant mooring, a bit like hot-bedding
 

 Off goes Andy on Festina Lente
 
 And Yarwood fits neatly in ready for tomorrows BIG SHOP!
 
 
This is Michelle of Nb. Just Imagine and her rescue dog, Libby the Lurcher.  As of today we are neighbours and we have spent a pleasant half hour chatting over the garden fence so to speak and getting to know this little beauty who has not had a good start in life.  Progress was made today when Libby decided that I was to trusted and so were Fletcher and Floyd; so another step in the road to a rescue dog's rehabilitation.  
Michelle reads ALL the blogs and I hope that she might be joining us in blogland some time very soon..
What do you say Michelle?

Saturday, 12 April 2014

No room at the Inn...or the stables

It's Saturday and the only day in the week we feel we must get a newspaper so Joe wandered off this morning earlyish to the Co-Op at Danes Moss (just along from the Business Park) and got some fresh bread rolls and a Saturday Times.  Then having cooked our breakfast I settled quite happily with the crossword until harried out of my chair by Himself who wanted to get moving..  We prepped the boat and set off towards Macclesfield.
 
 On the move
 And into open countryside with the canal skirting the base of the hills you can see in the background

 As we approached Gurnett Aqueduct we passed Andy and Sue on Nb. Festina Lente
 
 Yarwood crossing the Gurnett Aqueduct
 
 Foden Bank Bridge..a snake bridge taking the towpath from one side of the canal to the other

 Yarwood approaching Foden Bank Bridge
 
 The next stretch of canal is below the substantial stone wall the holds back the Foden Bank

 Repairs to the towpath underway as we approach Macclesfield
 
 This section of towpath was closed to pedestrians five years ago when we passed through here as the stone abutments were under construction..squished walkers would have been a bit of an inconvenience.
 
 The much photographed and iconic Hovis Mill in Macclesfield
 

Just pass the Hovis Mill, a  lovely preserved and renovated/converted mill building, are the advertised visitor moorings and thinking that a weekend stay in Macclesfield would be rather pleasant we attempted to moor up...

 It was not to be, no room at the Inn or the stables we simply couldn't get the boat in sufficiently close to the side so we moved on looking for a suitable mooring. And we moved on and on and...
until we were through Bollington.

 The snake bridge is so 'inviting'...come this way
 Where did they come from?
 
 The visitor moorings in Bollington adjacent to the Adelphi Mill have disappeared into the cut and are cordoned off so onward to the aqueduct.  The moorings over the aqueduct were fully occupied by boats that look quite a home there if you get my drift.. so we move on through Bollington and past Clarence Mill.
 Yarwood passing Clarence Mill
 
 And after two attempts we managed to get in on pins just outside Bollington at Whitley Green where we will stay over the weekend and possibly Monday as well.