Over the last few days, once we have moored up, Ian has been busy with DIY. Our stove was set on a hearth of ceramic tiles. These had cracked and the edging tiles were all chipped, it was looking bad. As with lots of boat jobs is wasn't simple, he had to remove the chimney, and lift the stove out, chip the old tiles off and carefully measure up the area. Of course there were no straight edges and no right angles, so it was all carefully drawn up on a piece of newspaper. Once we got to Macclesfield we were ready and having done some homework Ian knew there was a stonemasons nearby so we paid them a visit and with the bit of newspaper, a bit of persuasion for a job done quickly (we really couldn't wait 2 weeks!), a scrap piece of granite worktop was chosen and a price was agreed.
Yesterday evening we collected it and fitted it. It looks good, much better than the cracked tiles. This morning before we could move off. Ian finished putting the stove back together, the chimney had to be shortened too as the new hearth is rather thicker. It all looks so much tidier and cleaner, bet it doesn't stay that way! Now we are ready for the cooler evenings when we shall be wanting to light the fire.
We even got some coal from the coal boat Renaissance as they passed by. So it was about half eleven when we pulled away from our Lyme Green mooring and we arrived at the top of the Bosley locks at half twelve.
For the first 5 locks it was swift work with good timing, meeting boats coming up the flight too.
One out, one in, then we were on our own, some locks had drained a bit, but it still only took us 11/2 hours to get to bottom of the 12 locks.
It was such a lovely warm sunny day, a great start to September, perhaps we shall get some summer weather yet!
Marple - Macclesfield
Macclesfield -Lyme Green
Lyme Green - Congleton
8 miles, 12 locks, 2 bridges