Sunday, 25 April 2021

Sue flew, new flue.

I was half hour late getting to John Lennon airport to collect my first mate from her IOM red-eye flight, a lorry had turned over on the sliproad at junction 15 on the M6 shedding its 35-ton load of fridges, this meant a detour for me to join the motorway at Junction 17. 

We stopped off at Salthouse dock in Liverpool for breakfast aboard our friend's dutch barge before making our way back to FL - with home-smoked salmon and cheese, marmalade and pasties. 😋

That afternoon we had our first cruise of the season, to Anglo-Welsh hire base at Great Haywood, they would be fabricating and fitting a new flue to the stove the following morning.


Entrance to the Staffs and Worcester canal from the Trent and Mersey.

The flue will be painted after it has had some use. 

The following day we had lunch aboard FL with our mate Roly after aborting a trip to the canalside cafe whose outside seating area was rammed full of patrons enjoying the sunshine and food. Roly had driven up from Wales to have a catch-up bringing along Welsh cider and Bara Brith cake. 😋

Later we had a three-hour cruise to Burston where we were surprised to find we had one of the best stretches of this canal to ourselves for the night.

In the morning I went to help a stricken vessel that had pulled in because of overheating. The raw water inlet feed to the engine (she was rather an old gal) had become blocked, with the aid of my Heath Robinson copper tube and flexible hose the obstruction was blown back out into the canal. The happy crew continued on their way towards the Kennet & Avon canal.

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