Sunday 26 January

We left Castlefield Basin today after a fun time in Manchester having been to the Museum of Science & Information (MOSI) a couple of times as there is too much to see in just one visit.  The Imperial War Museum at Salford, where we’ve been twice before, had an art exhibition that we wished to see.  Artzu, a small art gallery in Spinningfields, was exhibiting works of aspiring artists all of which we would like to have supported. In between we walked extensively round Manchester, along the Ship Canal, through Salford Quays, and Manchester City Centre eyeing up the architecture amongst other things.  It rained most days but this dampen our spirits.  Photos below – Arcade off Deansgate, Imperial War Museum, and the Cable Stay Suspension Bridge crossing the Ship Canal from the Imperial War Museum to Media City at Salford Quays.

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Smart parking!

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Preparations were under way for the Chinese New Year and it was lovely to see all the red lanterns brightening up the streets.

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We made it as far as Sale when a sudden change in engine noise alerted us to a problem.  We pulled in and lifted the weed hatch under the tiller to discover a mass of heavy duty plastic wrapped round our propellor.   We have a useful gadget we acquired at one of the boat shows for clearing debris from our prop without getting our hands wet.  This was put to good use and by the time we’d filled a bin bag of debris we decided to moor up for the night.

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