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Friday, August 12, 2011

Market Drayton to Coole Pilate Leisure Area

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A drizzly start this morning, but very quiet. Unfortunately someone beat us to the top lock at Adderley and we had them all against us. Fortunately by the time we arrived at top lock Audlem there were boats coming up so this helped. At the bottom lock we met George  who has a veg patch beside the lock, and uses the old lock hut as a shop. He retails as George’s Pork and Poultry.


Jo bought some onions and lemons from him, so could be lemon drizzle cake for the weekend, along with apple pie with the apples we bought at lock 8 of the Audlem flight. We do like to support people like this, who after all are trying to provide a service for boaters, good on them. But I do wonder if everyone does put the money in the honesty box at lock 8? We did, but I know there are less than honest people around, especially these days. I know if it was me I wouldn’t trust anyone.

We have moored up at Coole Pilate Leisure Area between bridge 83 & 84, a 48 hour mooring with a wider towpath area, with benches and stands for BBQ’s all provided for boaters by the Shropshire Union Canal Society. All this and a great view of the countryside across the canal, who could want more?


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