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Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Leaving Audlem just past the stables at the bottom of the locks i spotted this mooring that if i had known would have been my choice for my stay in Audlem still it`s not going anywhere so
perhaps next time. My decision to move was not to cover any great distance but what this lifestyle offers, the chance to change the view or moor away from towns and villages so just an hour cruise and i chose the moorings below at Coole Pilate. These moorings like a great many
others along the Shroppie are provided by the Shropshire Union Canal Society and here they have not only installed seating but each table has a BBQ stand next to it. Nothing here other than a couple of farms not even a pub just peace and quiet.
Moving on after 2 days of relaxation Hack green locks and the not so secret canalside bunker. It opened as a museum in 1997 and i did visit back in 2006 on a previous cruise and below is a picture taken of me playing the part. Click on the link above to read all about the place.

I spotted the Cormorant below and fully expected it to fly off as i passed but he just posed at the top of a dead tree and after the photo he spread his wings to dry off before his next dive into the water for dinner.
The Easter w`end was good weather wise with 2 warm Sunny days and 2 bright but breezy and a chance for my gardener to tidy up around the boat as i was expecting a visitor to come aboard
and below Carol my first to register as a blog follower poses for the camera. Not only did she bring her lovely self but also a nice big cream sponge cake.......yum. Carol knew she would be visiting friends in the area so we arranged to meet and a smashing couple of hours were spent chatting. Nice to meet you Carol.
Always nice to meet blog readers so don`t be shy, I don`t bite do i Carol.


Andy said...

You look like Hannibal Lecter in that picture.....

Unknown said...

No Les doesn't bite. Except his cake. He makes a lovely cuppa too and is a great conversationalist. So drop in. I will next time I am in the vicinity. Thanks Les it was lovely meeting you too.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Andy
Charming saying that about a nice boy like me.

Les Biggs said...

Hello Carol
It was really nice to have you aboard, visit anytime.

Debbie said...

Hi Les. what a great idea re: picnic table and BBQ stand. would love to see more facilities like that for boaters, walkers etc. Well done Shropshire Canal Society. Debbie Nb Tickety Boo.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Debbie
Yes is a good idea and also the Society provide good moorings with rings on the Shroppie, Middlewich Arm and the Llangollen where i am now.

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs