Sunday, 5 August 2012

Brief update day 7

So since Kidsgrove we have been rained and hailed upon.

We moved to Wheelock on Thursday doing 25 locks in a day.

The 240 issue took another turn.  Twas not a loose connection.  We had more alerts from the inverter about massive battery voltage drops.  I decided to use some skills from bygone days and searched for the fault.  I went from the end point, the TV.  I happened to have a small inverter which connects to the 12 volt via the cigarette socket on the boat.  then I connected the main TV to it and it faulted.  I then removed the tv in the bedroom and connected it to the wee inverter, no fault.  I then connected the bedroom tv to the main inverter circuit, no fault.  So, it was the TV at fault, not the inverter.

After Wheelock we stopped at Middlewich where I had to overshoot the Shroppie to get to a pump out, ignorant of the ones on the shroppie.  This took a bit of nifty reversing but all went well.

Next was a short hop to finish on Friday at Barbridge where we had a lovely meal at the Old Barbridge Inn.  we could moored right outside of the pub but SWMBO decided otherwise.

Saturday we were meeting some friends at the bottom of Audlem locks.  On the way we hit a huge rainstorm  but did not get too wet thanks to our new brolly mate - it does work I am living dry proof.

We met Angus and family and then climbed the Audlem locks to No. 13 where we filled with water and Angus collected a replacement TV (one from our bedroom at home!).  We then climbed to lock 3, enjoying some heavy rain and moored for the evening and a meal at the Shroppie Fly.  Food was lovely, really nice.  After bidding farewell to Angus and Elaine and Tomas, we went back to the boat and relaxed.  This morning we started off and got to 3 of the adderley set of locks.  I then made a stupid blunder, reversing too fast to align for the next lock and knocked the pound wall unfixing the rudder from its cup on the skeg.  We got the rudder back into the cup.  The skeg has possibly been bent slightly so this will be looked at when we get the boat zingered in October.  This seems a superb product.  I just need to source the work.

We are now in Market Drayton for the evening before moving onto Norbury Junction or Gnossal Heath for Monday.

A few photos

Excuse the over-exposure, Tower of London

Billy the Beefeater, an excellent guide, very funny

Yup a raven

 Tower Bridge
 The Mall

 Eton Dorney

Yes we were at Eton Dorney for the heats, very enjoyable indeed

Mr Heron

 The Rain

Angus and Elaines Holiday let on the Audlem Locks!