Even though we have been on the Trent and Mersey for sometime now I don’t know all of it and all its deep and not so deep parts. This became evident even before we set out because I had made the mistake of undoing the middle rope first and telling my dad to do the same with the front. So Ezri was just tied to the bank by her back rope so I as I undid that one she came out crossing the canal, not good so we were to far over and touching the right hand bank which was a little to shallow so a quick backwards forwards and we were off.
Then almost stopped again as another boat came in to use the water point and then a second boat which was pulling up just after the bridge to go to the shops just a little way down the road, a few feet on we were coming past a small reed beds on the towpath of Ezri when a big heron flew off ahead of us.
Which made me move Ezri a bit more into the center of the canal and as I did so there was a third boat coming towards us so I was able to let them past me on Ezri’s left once they had gone I was able to move back center of the water, only to feel Ezri’s back end touch something under the water.
I did my best not to catch on it and was lucky, after being grounded I hate the though of it happening again. we kept moving and along the towpath I saw the heron again standing there, Now for those who don’t know when I first started out and was well a truly on my own in first few days of getting Ezri a heron saved us on one of the many rivers we did.
And so I always see them as helpful and I give a wide breath and by doing this Ezri moved into the deeper water and the heron flew off again this happened three times on this trip and each time, when I moved Ezri away from the heron in was in deeper water. only a few inches mine but that made a lot different to Ezri. And when the canal opened up and became wide the heron flew off once again but this time behind us.
A lot of you will say but it was just looking for fish and Ezri was just mixing the water up but I like to think he/she was guiding all the boats over the narrows
Finding a mooring this time was a lot simpler that the last, in a few places there has been want I like to call mooring barrier set in the old brickwork (its just barrier that you can put chains though) but were they can’t do that rings have been put in, and on the wide parts to so that were Ezri now its safe and sound thanks to the heron.
But that’s not the end of our story for this week as we mooring up the boat that had pulled in to go shopping came up behind us so and I looked forward just to see and right at the end of the rings there was small boat it back end out in the middle of the water at first we all thought was just turning around but no it had come away from the bank I was the first one over to it but I couldn’t see anyway on there’s was rail and the gunnel was to small to walk along, I saw the rope was in the water and guessed so was the pin.
The people from the other boat and dad soon came up to, the man had a rope and dad had the Ezri’s mooring pin hammer, the lady from the other took one of the rope and climbed aboard the stranded boat walking along the roof Me, dad and the man pulled in the rope, the boat came towards us and the lady was able to step off Dad whacked in both the mooring pins, As we walked away the lady was someone had left a small hammer in the ground so put on the boat. They say goodbye and we did the same and they were off again.
I am sorry I didn’t get a photo of the heron but I didn’t have the right phone camera on me, my phone takes two hands to work the other on change is just one, anyway here’s a phone of Ezri covered in leaves.
Ok so that’s your Ezri adventure for this week as always thank you for reading and I hope come back next week for the next one.
Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) = 47 miles 7 furlongs
Miles covered this trip = 1 mile 5 3/4 furlongs.
Places been/Stopped- Bugsworth, Strines Road Narrows, Carr Swing Bridge, Bancroft Bridge No 8, Higher Poynton Winding Hole, Braddocks Bridge No. 19, Lane Head Winding Hole, Clark’ Change Bridge, Leadbeater’s Bridge No 40, Royal Oak Swing Bridge No. 49, Locketts Bridge No. 53. River Dane Aqueduct (12 locks) Congleton Bridge No 61, Buglauton Cattle Aqueduct, Biddulph Valley Aqueduct, Kent Green Pipe Bridge Knowsley Lane Bridge No 95. Coopers Bridge No. 135. Rough.Wood Bridge No. 146 (10 locks) Arclid Aqueduct (10 locks) Rookery Railway Bridge No. 158.