Tuesday 12 September

Our slim chance didn’t materialise today as the Met Office had just issued another severe weather warning when Steve’s assistant, Chris, came to talk to us this morning.   As we now know we’re not going to enter the Brook before Saturday, we decided to move the two boats out of the basin.

Both boats were going to need water and to charge batteries.  Food stocks were also getting low.   We decided to head back to Bilsborrow where there is a sanitary station for water, the 10 mile cruise would help charge our batteries and there is a carpark beside the canal so we could arrange an internet supermarket delivery.

We’ve been experiencing quite a lot of short burst showers over the last couple of days, but thankfully we had a six hour spell of dry weather today which was long enough for our cruise and also allowed a couple of hours clothes drying time as I’d put on a wash as we left Preston.   We filled up with water before mooring and while the tank was filling we both had a shower to take advantage of the hot water generated by the heat from the engine.

The afternoon was spent shopping on line.  At one point I lost internet connection but it didn’t lose my basket of goods, so this wasn’t as frustrating as it might have been and my shopping is due tomorrow evening at 7.30pm, at a bargain delivery price of £1.50.

Before tea we went across the canal to the newly opened White Bull pub.   The pub was closed when we first explored Bilsborrow and we think it has re-opened under new ownership.  It certainly hasn’t reopened following any refurbishment as it wasn’t the smartest canal-side pub we’ve ever visited but they did serve Wainwright beer so we had no complaints.

We lit the stove before we went out so we came back to a nice cosy boat.



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