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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Dog Has a Problem!

I have noticed, when we are out on one of our many walks around the village, that young Sammie always drags me to the pub ...

Luckily, yesterday it was shut!


Of late, the weather has been a little ... changeable!  

For example, yesterday we experienced rain, sun, wind and ... lots of hail storms ....


Unfortunately there has been very little sun and heat! 


When we took the dogs for a walk yesterday, we got caught out a couple of times with the weather.  On one such occasion, we kept ourselves busy taking a selfie, while sheltering under a tree!



Today we took my mother off shopping to Manchester.  She does love shopping and did herself proud marching around the shops.

I did find it a bit disturbing shopping for knickers with my 84 year old mum!

We did, however, have a nice Italian lunch in Pizza Express ...


Once back at base Elaine and myself took the boys for a walk around the village.....

Lo and behold, look where the little bugger took us ...

Now get the camera out of my face so I can enjoy a beer !

Saturday, May 16, 2015

New Summer Wardrobe

As summer is here I thought it about time to buy a new wardrobe.

As we are now on a limited income, where better a place to go shopping than the charity shops in Alderley Edge!

The village of Alderley Edge sits below the woods of the edge national park, so we had a walk through there first ...





We arrived at the village and I squeezed the little C3 between a Maserati and Ranger Rover Overfinch.

Robbie Savage was having a coffee in one of the cafes but by the time I got the camera out he ran away!  I just managed to get a pic of the back of his head!

This was my choice of the flash motors on display ...

Nearly forgot....the shopping!

So, I bought 3 shirts, 3 T shirts, 1 pair of boat shoes and a hat for the princely sum of £40.00.

Mum bought a top for Elaine,

I had been looking at new boat shoes and they were all around the £60.00-£100.00 mark, so when I spotted a pair for £12.00 that were virtually new and were the right size I grabbed them.

When we got back to base I checked out how much the Mephisto boat shoes were.......crikey, between £280.00 and £329.00 a pair!

All we need now is for the sun to come out so I can wear the new designer gear!

Alderley Edge really is a great place for checking out the nicer things in life and the charity shops are without a doubt the best we have seen in the UK.

For the narrowboaters, you can get a bus to Alderley Edge from Macclesfield or even Bollington!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wedding Anniversary

Eight years today (14th May)  we ran away and got married in Vegas.




I am one lucky bugger to be married to the most gorgeous, generous and bravest girl on the planet.

XXXXXXXXXX

The New White Nancy

Twas a lovely morning so we left mum at home and took a hike up to White Nancy to check out the new paint job.

First rest point ...

Elaine bonding with the friendly cows on the way up ...

Second rest break ...


And there she is the new paint job ... to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

(White Nancy was built in 1817 to commemorate the victory at The Battle of Waterloo).


Elaine nearly at the top ...


The views today were superb, it was the clearest day we have had up there ...



You could clearly see Manchester which is twenty miles away.  Between us, we managed to drop the camera once more and developed a black spot inside the lens for the ensuing photos ...

Bolly village ...

Our main memory of Bollington will be its fantastic location  surrounded by stunning hills, oh and the Spinners pub across the road!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Marvellous Macc Moorings.

Macclesfield used to be one of the most user -UNfriendly places to moor on the whole canal system - the moorings were run down, it was too  shallow to get close to the bank the rings were non existent, they were a right mess..........

Not Any "Moor" !!!

They have installed some really nice floating pontoon moorings next to bridge 37 ...

They are well and truly anchored to the bank ...

Depending on the length of boats you can probably get about 6 boats on them ...

All the continuous moorers have been cleared off the opposite bank so there is plenty of room for boats to pass ...

You can still moor on the other side of bridge 37, but the mooring there are pretty rough.  You may well have a run in with the grumpy bastard that lives here ... he still has his cameras trained on the mooring (there are two cameras positioned around this back gate) and is an absolute nutter!  You can read about the run in we had with him back in May 2012  here.

So now there is a really nice place to moor up and check out a really nice town.  It is still a small hike to the town centre, but well worth it.

N.B. Macclesfield council paid me very little for this blog post! 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mow Cop Castle

Mow Cop Castle is a popular destination for the boater travelling along the Macclesfield canal, however it is a fair walk from the canal up to Mow Cop.  We never walked up there when we had the boat, so today we decided to drive up there.

We had mother with us so on the way there we stopped at Astbury Mere at Congleton, where we could take her on a flat walk around the lake ... she is 84 and doesn't do hills very well!

We spotted this chap going home from his day's fishing for sticklebacks ...

Can you believe all the crap they take with them, and he wears camo!!


After we tired out dear old mum we headed up the the Mow Cop Folly ...

You get a most fantastic view of the Cheshire Plain from atop the Cop ...

The clouds looked threatening but it was actually quite warm (ish) ...

The folly was built in 1754 ...

Bombo stared at the folly in total awe!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Searching For Tarts!

As there were a couple of viewings of the cottage today we thought we would make ourselves scarce and go looking for tarts.

...40 mins later we arrived at Bakewell, home of the tart.

One of the bridges crossing the river has been covered with love locks ...

Bakewell is a lovely spot in the Derbyshire Dales.  It is usually packed with tourists, but as the weather was a bit dodgy it wasn't too bad ...

We had lunch in a nice pub, then carried on with our walkabout in the search of tarts ...

Aha we found them, mother popped in and bought six of them!

Not sure what's in a Huntsman Pie, but ...

.....this is an Australian huntsman!  They used to frighten me to death but they never bothered Elaine so she was the one to catch them and chuck them outside.  Boy can those buggers run fast!

Mission accomplished!