We had a very welcome visit on Friday from Bev and Roly - it has been a few weeks since we had seen them.
It was a late morning call as Roly needed to be home and rest up before he went out on a brewery tour (read as a p___-up) - a total of 9 were going out for the "tour", including Sue and Andy, Dot and Gordon,
By the look of the photo on facebook it looks like they had a good time, although I suspect that may have been early on in the evening - they were all still standing.
Bev meanwhile was quite happy and looking forward to her "double-Corrie" on the TV and looking after the dogs.
We all caught up with Elaine and Paul and after Bev and Roly headed off we had a cuppa with E and P to say goodbye as we were heading off the following morning.
After nearly 2 months on the Macc around the Bollington area and north of there, it is now time to head off ourselves.
It was a bit sad in saying our farewells after such a long time but we have been able to help both with looking after the dogs and chatting with them about what they would like to do and anything else - sometimes just to do something different; they have helped us with transporting us here, there and almost everywhere.
I would be loathe to say it but have to admit that James Ward played a great match in the 2nd Davis Cup rubber to defeat John Isner - we watched the final set - Diane got her tennis fix in the process.
And so it was that Saturday morning arrived and we were ready to go and just after 7 am we pushed the front out and engaged the warp drive - we were off.
We also turned the Reflecs off for the first time in almost 2weeks - it is a sure sign that it is getting warmer.
Whilst it was still early, the temperature was quite mild, just a gentle breeze and after a while the sun came out - it really felt like an early spring day and you started to get the same feelings that you have with cruising in nice weather - "it's good to be the king".
Onward towards Macclesfield; we have found this section to be uniformly shallow for us, but one thing we have noticed in our recent travels - here and our return from Bugsworth - is that there is less rubbish through the bridge holes.
That is a result of more traffic, which suprisingly we did not encounter this morning.
|a bit of a nuisance if you need power|
|consideration is reciprocal - it seems to us that Macclesfield|
is a bit unfriendly towards boaters and their money.
We stopped for water at the CaRT yard - as we have done before. It took a while to fill as Diane had showered on the way as well as running the washing machine and then I joined in whilst stopped and showered as well.
|me thinks that a discount might be needed to complete the sale|
It was just another mile or so until Gurnet Aqueduct where we moored up in full sunshine - it was almost summer-like conditions by this stage and it was not even 10am.
|I simply love this bridge - a fine example of a snake bridge|
|fine sunny weather|
Off we go shopping into Maccelsfield - an Aldi visit; proper coffee; to the markets looking for books (although we have about 20 still to read); and to Poundland.
We have snuck another fasting day in this week - after Paul's revelation (read as admission) of his weight-to-power ratio, we confirmed our need to reduce the intake, and more walking.
However, we popped into Weatherspoons on the return leg for a light lunch - which it was - Diane even had a salad.
Back on the boat and Diane cleaned the chimney and we stuck the new extension on, which is now working a treat in the wind - eliminated the problems.
Settled in towatch the Aston Villa v
No problem we saw the last bit on iPlayer - a deserved win to Villa - James will be happy.
So for now we will be free of TV for the night - I have been trying to write this blog under extreme duress - Diane is playing Trivia Crack against Paul and also Dot - and she gets very excited when she wins - which apparently she is doing quite often.
YTD: 91 Miles, 25 Locks, 1 Tunnel, 2 Lift Bridge, 5 Swing Bridge
Totals: 2985 Miles, 2146 Locks, 99 Tunnels, 36