And now I will be up to date – for the time being.
Our plans to go to Buxton and Lyme Park had to be put on hold as our batteries failed. I think they have been on the way out for a while. They have never really held their charge over night. But suddenly they weren’t lasting 2 hours after the engine was turned off. As it turns out the previous owner – who is rapidly getting less than favourable comments made about him/her – equipped the boat with two truck batteries which have different properties than leisure batteries. We moored up at Furness Vale Marina, and went and saw Nick from TW Marine, who even though he was by himself, was very helpful. He didn’t have the time to look at the boat but kindly gave us all the equipment and instructions to test the batteries ourselves. While Howie was doing that I went back to the marina and pleaded for a mooring for the night. There are no public moorings marina side, so it was a bit of a hike every time we had to go and ask question. Mooring secured, testing finished, 2 batteries – both stuffed. By this time it was too late to do anything more, so had a walk and a beer. The next morning after much discussion, measuring and head scratching – we ended up buying 3 leisure batteries and “encouraged” them to fit in the space left by the now removed truck batteries.
We finally got away and cruised the last mile to Bugsworth Basin, we moored up in the upper arm of the Basin, just below the pub.
On Saturday morning we walked back up the towpath and caught the bus from the Tesco on the corner to Buxton – clicky link. A spa town in the Peak District. Lovely bus ride, great town. Lots of walks to be had from there.
Torrential rain overnight, and promised for Sunday so we decided to put the trip to Lyme Park on hold till tomorrow. I spent a couple of hours washing and water proofing the winter jackets. They’ve had a good life and I could justifiably replace them, but it is the wrong time of the year. And I can’t find anything I like. Trying for Lyme Park again tomorrow.