So: did my bit of shopping (cat food mostly); checked out the market (Paula’s still there & doing well) & got some cash from the money machine.
Walked back home & thought that I might try to catch up with the narrowboat up towards Shireoaks. Stuffed waterproof & warm top into back pack & off I went.
Caught up with Jeanie Deans as she was entering Deep Lock – either I’d been quicker than I’d thought or she’d been slower than I’d anticipated.
Smashing couple with two dogs – they’d come up from Osberton lock on the day.
Stayed with ’em as far as Shireoaks Middle lock preopening bottoms ahead and closing tops behind.
Above Cinderhill BW craftsmen had been hard at work on the bywashes. Some beautiful stonework on Oneslide and Stone locks:
It’s about now that the scent of garlic becomes really noticeable, the woods to the side of the towpath are white with the flowers
A real treat was the Chesterfield Canal’s mandarin duck on Turnerwood pound. He’s returned after his brief excursion to Worksop in January. once again he’s taken up with a mallard pair, ready for foster parent duty?
I turned round & walked home. By the time I finished my feet were complaining & it was rather a relief to deboot and sit down with a cuppa.
Both going & coming I had an ice cream at Turnerwood. Highly recommended.
All pics are on Flickr – there’s 673 altogether!