Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Mid Week

This one is for Jullie to remind her of the middlands.

Danny in training

Danny working hard

Hi Folks

We are still creeping further north, Buggerlugs is now in Congleton on the Maccelsfield canal. Yesterday we left the Trent and Mersey having passed all the old pottery works and the kilns some of the brick work was outstanding we then negotiated the Harecastle tunnel, at 1 3/4 miles long it is one of the longest in England and takes 3/4 of an hour to get through, we managed it almost unscathed we only lost the chimney, I had wanted to change it for some time as it was a bit battered but it was really stuck on and would have needed sawing off, however hitting the roof of the tunnel seemed to do the job at least now I will be saved the trouble of cutting it off. Danny passed his training as helmsman course with flying colours, all he has to do now is practice knotting, one thing he will not have to do is practice his fishing skills as he beat me 10 / 9 but he did have Noreen's help He has now returned home with the trophy.
We dropped him off at the station in Congleton at lunch time, It was great to have him on board and hope he managed to Chill.
We are now hold up in Congleton it is raining very hard at present so we will rest here overnight, tomorrow we have 12 locks in two flights so it needs an early start.
Keep adding your comments that is the only way I can tell if I am writing this for my own amusement.


The Barrons said...

Hi Alan and Noreen, we have been
avid viewers of your blog, were in Market Drayton at the weekend (it was closed!) but had just missed you ,and Martin is away tomorrow on a Rugby tour whilst you're down the road in Congleton. Hope to catch up with you before the end of the Summer, at least before you jet off to Oz for the Winter, sound like a good plan! Lots of love, The Barrons xx

Danny said...

thanks for a great few days Uncle Al and Aunty Noreen, and thanks to Aunty Noreen for the moral support throughout the fishing competition, even if it was driven by a desire to be rid of the trophy!!! At least it provides Uncle Al with an excuse for losing :)

Anonymous said...

Hello there, thanks for the picture what it tho ? I have decided to go on a black country holiday this year, We are going to go to cadbury world, Dudley zoo and the Black country museum. its a pity your heading back north coz we could have done a canal tour as well. Alan i can't believe you lost the trophy!! But i can see why Noreen wanted rid. look forward to seeing you both very soon the Halliwells x

Maryanne said...

hi guys

loving the blog, always check it first thing when i get to my desk in the morning. Its always more exciting than my emails. Thank you for a lovely day on Saturday. It was great to see you both and Matt, Lorraine and Thomas. Just wish that we were able to get to see you more often. I am so glad that you are living your dream, cause you too deserve it. Love you both very very much. Maz x