Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Audlem Lock wheelers

Had we not been under time pressure we would have stayed longer in Audlem. In the event we spent 25 hours on the 24 hour mooring. Shock! Horror!
As a break from salads we went out for lunch to the Lord Coombermere    where the main course was very good.  Unfortunately the waitress then decided that we really didn't mean it when we requested the dessert menu and ignored us.  So we paid up and bought a take-away pud fromt the Co-op.  Our visit coincided with their beer festival - 32 real ales and 18 craft ciders - and live music in the car park.
Tony & Noeline on Mary Russell arrived about an hour after us and took a spot on the 5 day moorings opposite.  In the evening we all decamped to the Bridge Inn.  On Monday nights a group of folk musicians turn up and just jam.  With such instruments as violin, hurdy-gurdy, Northumbrian pipes, penny whistle and squeeze-box the evening was great fun.
After the generator was serviced this morning we tackled the remaining 12 locks of the  Audlem flight. She who must be obeyed was ably assisted by  two lads from South Wales.
Lock wheelers hard at work

James takes a breather
William helping to balance the lock gate


  1. The people from South Wales are wonderful people.
    Paul, Chris & Ivy

  2. This family were wonderful. The lads, espcially James thje younger one was so inquisitive and intersted. They both had rides on Gecko through a lock and were great. they were on a two week holiday and appear to have spent most days on or near the canals.They live near my cousin and know the local chippie.
    However I would not go so far as to say that all people from S. Wales are wonderful - there are one or two odd ones.


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