Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Single Handing into Christmas

After our previous plans had been scuppered we formulated a cunning plan to get the pump out tank emptied in the week before Christmas. Mr F had finished work for the holidays ahead of me so he decided to do a couple of days single handing. There is a cruising club at Scarisbrick with a pump out station and the chap there is really helpful. As we were planning on travelling around over our Christmas break anyway, we just started early. Although I am used to my home moving around, it was still strange to have to phone home to ask where it is!

The next few photo's were taken by Mr F on his phone (obviously).

Leaving Crooke and heading towards Appley Bridge

Dean Lock at Gathurst, a nice shallow one when you're on your own

Mr F moored up at Appley Bridge for the night, the next morning before I left for work I helped him through Appley deep lock. I went ahead to set the lock, waiting on the bench in the early morning peace and quiet. We made short work of it, I was sorry to have to drag myself away to the office.

Lock ready and waiting, perfect

Mrs F working the paddles

Waterfall inside the lock
Leaving us behind
Negotiating the swing bridge at Burscough

Passing the wharf

This beautiful Barry Hawkins boat never fails to get Mr F's attention

Nearing journeys end

Moored up at Heaton's Bridge, Mr F retired to the public house to quaff a pint of ale and do a bit of reading in the snug

Gloriously secluded Heaton's Bridge

Mission accomplished, we decided to stay at Heaton's Bridge for a few days. I finished work and all there was to do was enjoy the festivities at our respective parent's. Which we thoroughly enjoyed!

Mum F for Christmas lunch

Mum & Dad O's for Christmas buffet!

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