Ten Bob Note


Friday 5th September 2008

Location: Furness Vale, Derbyhire, Peak Forest Canal

Today: 1 miles, 0 locks. Total distance: 1660 miles.  Total locks: 1188

We drove up from Cornwall yesterday morning and spent the afternoon visiting my mother in Wiltshire. I am sorry to say that she has really gone down hill over the last 12 months. She is 87 now and is looking very frail. It is hard to believe how much she has changed in the space of just one year.

Spent a very pleasurable evening with my sister, unfortunately, my brother in law was working nights so he could not be with us.

Stayed the night at my sister’s house and woke early the following morning due to the dogs being restless. Left around 05:30 and drove back to the marina. It was an awful journey as it was chucking it down with rain the whole way. In fact it rained constantly all day.

We returned the hire car and were charged £100 excess due to some scratches on the front and rear passenger doors. At some time within the first two days of arriving in Porthleven, some kind moron decided to use a sharp object to scratch both doors. The car parked in front of ours was also scratched on both doors. Luckily, we took out the maximum insurance with the minimum excess. Had we not taken out the maximum insurance we would have been looking at a bill for £650, all thanks to some brainless idiot.

The first thing we did when we got back to the boat was light the fire. It didn’t take long to warm the whole boat up once the fire was well and truly lit.

We moved out of the marina mid afternoon and moored up at the first spot we found as it was pouring down. Our preference was to get soaked rather than spend a night in the marina as we are not keen on marina life with the associated lack of privacy.

Saturday 6th
Well, tis lovely to be back on the boat and out in the countryside again.

We walked the four mile round trip to Tesco with the dogs – a lovely walk and it stayed dry the whole way.

It rained almost all night and the canal level has risen a few inches since we moored up. There is a river in the valley just below our mooring and the river that flows through the valley is well flooded. We have had an awful lot of rain over the past 24 hours.

We are going to spend the weekend at this lovely spot and rest up after our busy few weeks in Cornwall.

Current Mooring

River in flood (taken from some distance away)

View from the window

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