Friday 6th June, 2014 at Bollington.
The moorings at Marple were blissfully quiet overnight and we awoke to a bright morning, sunshine and chirping sparrows. After eight days "at sea", the dirty linen drawer was about to overflow and M declared that it was time to do a wash. Two, in fact. We didn't peg out the results immediately as our wonderful rotary washing line and low bridges don't mix. So, we did the washes whilst cruising down to Bollington. Today's cruise was not only lock free but also swing bridge free (hooray!). It was a lovely cruise as the dales and hills of Derbyshire gave way to far distant views across the Cheshire plain. On a number of occasions we have seen wild orchids growing on the canal bank. Strange, because M didn't think that they like wet environments - but they seemed to be thriving.
We misread our canal guide and so missed our intended mooring next to Clarence Mill in Bollington.
The sun continued to shine but it became very windy. So much so that we nearly lost all our socks overboard. They were all attached to what M calls the "peggy thing" - it is a circular plastic frame that has twenty pegs for small items; it hooks on to the main washing line. A clatter at the back of the boat alerted us to the fact that the wind had blown it clean off the line and it was snarled up on the stern rail, hanging precariously over the edge. M caught it just as all Robin's socks were about to be consigned to a watery grave.
After the washing was dry and all safely stowed back on board,we did finally take ourselves off for a walk. The guide books talked of the "White Nancy", a local landmark in the shape of a huge sugarloaf atop the wooded slopes of Kerridge Hill. On the way up we met a strange gentleman dressed in a very warm fleece.
The day ended with great amusement, watching a small group of Sea Cadets from TS Ardent opposite us as they learnt how to handle Canadian Canoes. In particular, how to right them and get back in if they turn over.
Today: 8 miles, 0 Locks and 4.8 hours.
Trip: 64 miles, 28 locks and 39.3 hours.
A Major Milestone: We passed the 1,000 hour mark, ending the day on 1,002.3 hours on the engine.