Father wise, he's still in ICU and has some kind of infection but had another scan last night and the surgeons said they can begin to eat again now and see how things go - it'll have been 8 days since he had any food. When I speak with the care team each morning, they fill me in on the bits mother forgets... old age isn't kind is it? - STILL, he's in the best place and from what the rest of the family tell me, is receiving excellent care with each patient in icu having a nurse at their side 24/7. WHEN he begins to get stubborn, we'll KNOW he's on the mend proper.
So - we left the country mooring and set off towards Appley Bridge where phone signals were better. On arrival, we tied up a few hundred yards past the pub and turning point. It's a lovely place. Busy with dog walkers but unline Wigan, 99.9 % of them actually pick up the poop and bin it - SOME even coming down from the road to the bin to deposit it!
On reaching the lock ahead, we encountered a bit of a traffic jam - the boat at the front being unable to open the top gate - sighting a leaking bottom paddle as the cause.
Andy is good at