While spending time on the Erewash Canal, waiting for rivers to subside and locks to open after repair, I walked the route of the Derby Canal from the Erewash into Derby.
On Sunday I arrived in the city of Liverpool and I have to say that it is FAB. I am moored in the Salthouse docks, formerly used to unload ships, right in the heart of the city. Yesterday I visited the RLB360 exhibition the the Liver building and took in the views a cross the city from (almost) the top, In the afternoon I had a wander around the city and ended up at the colossal Liverpool Cathedral. Today I am off to a couple of museums. Sadly I have to leave on Wednesday morning, too short a time to enjoy everything the city has to offer.
What a glorious weekend! It was certainly wonderful to be on the canals in such fantastic weather. The newborn ducklings thought so too, the water was awash with them. Not the first this year, but I must have seen nearly ten families out. This poor oak tree has also had some visitors, these are oak apples, or oak galls.
When I returned to Monica after visiting family I found some stowaways on the bows.
The boat had only been in the marina for three days, so I knew that they weren’t that old. It was also early in the season, so those responsible would be able to find a more suitable nest site and start again. But most importantly the eggs were cold, so I felt it reasonable to dispose of them and continue my journey.
I am currently spending some time on the river Weaver before resuming my journey north to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The river Weaver is a navigation canal (parts of the river have been dug as a canal to improve navigation) that mainly served the salt production in the area.
Built in 1875 to raise and lower boats to the nearby Trent and Mersey Canal it closed in 1983 due to rust. After refurbishment it reopened in 2002.
The gears at the top are original, but no longer raise and lower the boats as it is done hydraulically these days.
My work this winter has meant that I do not have to drive lorries any more to pay the yearly big bills. One bonus from this is that I can get a dog again. I had thought to get a terrier as their size was suitable for sharing the narrowboat with me. However I plumped for what I knew and loved and recently added Jet to the boat.
Jet is a four month old black and white Springer Spaniel. She didn’t have the best start as she wasn’t socialised with humans and is a bit wary of them. However she is all spaniel out on walks and I am working on socialising her with people.