After all of the excitement of finally getting back to cruising we needed to stay where we were - we didn't know why but we couldn't use our debit cards - it could have been quite embarassing when we were shopping, but the credit card still had some life left in it.
So we needed to see the back - they couldn't help as Lloyd's has split from TSB and the bank in Nantwich is TSB.
But not to be beaten, Diane had a sudden brainwave - check the expiry date - sure enough they had passed their "best before" date - at least that answered that.
So we will need to see it new ones have been sent toWatford.
Diane had spotted just a couple of small spaces that needed a bit of filling, so Sainbury's saw us again; at least the trolley was left behind.
The sun had been replaced by intermittent showers, which we managed to dodge; made it back to the boat just in time as usual - another heavier shower as we made into the back conservatory.
The rest of the day was completed with some work (for me) and soup-making and reading (for Diane) - but eventually it was just relaxing.
So after a slightly longer stop than we would have originally planned we were going to head off again.
There was a brilliant sunrise this morning - not really a good sign for the weather ahead for the day, but a sight toenjoy whilst it lasted.
|Really a superb sunrise.|
The morning was not that bad at all - just like any other cold day that we could experience any other time of the year - the air was cold in itself, but without any breeze it didn't matter; unlike other days the sun was hidden behind the clouds and did not show itself at all.
I think we have been quite fortunate with the weather - we have read reports of ice on the canal at Braunston, Stone and
|It really was not this cold - there were thermals|
underneath and two pairs of gloves on the hands.
|There were a few others around with their fleeces on |
- keeping warm.
Our end plan is Chester but we are not exactly sure when that will be, but immediately it was to fill the water tank; rid ourselves of the rubbish and empty the cassette - the services block was barely 100m away so no sooner had we started than we moored up again.
The water tap at Nantwich services is notoriously slow - we weren't hugely surprised by this morning's effort, but with no time issues it didn't matter too much.
Finally with everything done we were off for a second time - today's little journey was not too far and certainly would be free from locks - surprised that Diane had failed to offer to do them all for today.
I was trying to remember the last time that we had headed directly north past Barbridge junction towards Chester and have to conclude that it was April 2008 when we had a hire boat - so it cannot be said that this is a water-road frequently travelled - we have been to Chester just twice by boat - the train seems to be our preferred form of transport to get there.
For now however we are only heading as far as Calveley where we have moored up in a stretch of moorings that I would like to say are extremely popular at the moment, but since we are on our own, that would be slightly incorrect.
Diane got on with putting a few Xmas decorations up, although her intention a few days ago was not to bother - I think she was influenced by Andy's efforts on Festina Lente.
|The tree is up as the stocking...|
|...and the lights as well|
For me, it was an afternoon of work - I am convinced that I had the better deal.
Totals: 2853 Miles, 2071 Locks, 97 Tunnels, 34