OK - it's been 7 days I updated this... a busy week. We said goodbye to guests ( actually I don't like referring to them as that cause after a day or 2 on board, they become friends I suppose)... hmm - 'will have to give some thought for future referral...
We'd deviated from the planned cruising schedule and decided to go as far as Aintree then return to 'safer' lands... unfortunately for us, the black water tank decided to create a problem that necessitated an earlier than planned pump out. This meant a long days chug to the only place we could empty the tank without going back down the Rufford arm 7 heavy locks) and not much time to do it before the marina closed.
Scarisbrick marina was our only hope and we got there with about 15 mins to spare. The old bloke who came to do it was a smashing chap... and unlike a lot of marinas, this one has SO much room in to maneuver in - that didn't mean a text book turn btw... in fact, what with the wind AND an large audience enjoying the sunshine, it went totally wrong. Enough said about that I feel. NO MATTER, we got pumped and rinsed out AND filled up with water for only £15 - bargain... that's less than the self pump out cards sold by CRT.
A quick pint (or 2) in the Running Horses pub later, revealed knowledge of a classic car meet, taking place at another pub about a miles walk away - which we went along to later on.
We spent a couple of nights here (not the pub) and then set off back - the plan being to get back to Appley Bridge for the bank holiday weekend. ON route, we broke off for a night near a no longer used swing bridge and not long after we'd tied up, a kid road his bike straight into the canal in front of us - his dad leaping in after him on auto pilot... complete with phone in pocket. It was quite deep as the kid disappeared with his bike and the poor father had a heck of a job getting the bike back. I thought poor taste to photo this - instead rushing to their air with towels and a bag of rice for him to try save his phone with... no idea if it worked but they did appreciate the towels.
Andy got it into his head we should have some more plants on the roof to