Wigan – home of the current FA Cup winners (soccer) and also this years Challenge Cup winners (rugby). The winners parade was yesterday, lots of red and white stripes. They have an Aussie playing on the team.
We’ve been sitting close to the top of the locks for a couple of days now. Those locks are hard work by anyone’s standard. I’ve seen more than one person in tears at the end of them, and also some of the biggest glasses of wine that were being drunk like lemonade.
A small adjustment was made to our siphon and we had another go. In the end we got another 4 or 5 litres of water and rubbish from the bottom of the fuel tank before we finally started to get clear diesel. And to celebrate this achievement – the exhaust pipe fell to bits. It’s encased in stainless steel mesh and wrapped around that is lagging (to keep the heat in) the whole lot needs to be replaced. So now we are moored opposite the boatyard who fixed our bent tiller arm waiting for parts to be delivered. It was bank holiday weekend here so the the parts couldn’t ordered until yesterday. It was delivered so late today that it wont be done now until tomorrow. We killed time today by doing the Adlington circular walk – 6 miles. Not too strenuous, and very well signposted, but I still find it odd walking through peoples farms and backyards. I’ve been told that the lovely Adam will be looking at our boat first thing tomorrow, we need to be on the other side of the canal by 9.00 am. I think we will probably be on our way by about 11.00 am with any luck.
But good news – we have our composting loo back. Yay! The solution to the growth issue – boiling water! Go figure. Apparently it was a mite mold.