Book 18

Canal Cruising 2022

An e-Book and website by Cyril J Wood

 

The title photograph is of Gnosall on the Shropshire Union Canal

Contents

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Chapter 1 - Canalmanac 2022 Part 1

  Chapter 2 - Easter Cruise 2022
  Chapter 3 - Canalmanac 2022 Part 2

 

Chapter 4 - Summer Cruise 2022

 

Chapter 5 - Canalmanac 2022 Part 3

 

Chapter 6 - Autumn Cruise 2022

  Chapter 7 - Canalmanac 2022 Part 4

Canalography 2022

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Chapter 1 - Canalmanac 2022 Part 1

As what seemed to be a long winter drew to an end and the  2022 boating season looms, we were hoping that after nearly two years of disruption, the COVID-19 pandemic is finally coming to an end and our normal boating activities can resume. My first weather photograph for the Granada Reports Weather Forecast was of Liverpool's skyline at dawn, taken from Egremont Ferry in Wallasey. A screenshot of the forecast and the original photograph are shown below for your appreciation...

A screenshot of the Granada Reports Weather Forecast...

... and the original un-cropped photograph

At the end of February COVID-19 restrictions were being eased and the weekend before the first Lymm CC Committee and Monthly Club Meetings there was a work party at our Agden Moorings to clear over-hanging plant growth and burn the rubbish afterwards. After taking part in the work party we started to empty the stuff stored beneath the boat's aft cabin bunks in preparation for Paul and I converting the two single bunks into a fixed double bed. When we had completed all we could do we had our tea, turned the central heating up and stayed the night, returning home the following morning.

The Agden work party in full swing...

... and the cuttings being burnt afterwards

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The following week one of my photographs of Castlefield Junction in 1986 was used in Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Winner's Film. I was a little disappointed with the quality of the image transmitted as I sent them a full size, uncompressed scan from the original 5 x 4 inch, large format transparency.

The Castlefield Junction photograph screenshot...

... and the original 5 x 4 large format transparency scan...

... and the programme's photographic contributors' credits

Next on my "To Do List" was to remove the aft cabin bunk frames. Paul and I started with the port side frame which we removed, lowered and refitted. The floor covering was removed and the partial stripping down of the steps that gave access to the aft deck. Whilst we had lunch I started filling the boat's fresh water tank. After I was satisfied that there were no water leaks and the tank was partially filled we continued with the bed conversion. With the lowered frame reinstalled we were ready for the same exercise on the starboard side and the fitting of the bed base sourced from Ikea the next weekend.

The port side bunk frame removed...

... part of the frame lowered and ready for re-fitting...

... and the lowered frame in place ready for the same exercise with the starboard frame

For the next phase the following weekend, I moved the boat to the water point as some of the power tools such as the chop-saw borrowed from Paul's son Ollie were too heavy and bulky to transport down the moorings. We had a great deal of difficulty removing the room divider that separates the aft cabin from the corridor and after removing the starboard bunk frame it was removed using a jigsaw. Not the way we would have preferred but due to the order the boat was lined out originally, this was the only way of doing it. Next, the framework was shortened in the same way as the previous bunk frame was and the steps removed. When the frame was in position the bed base purchased from Ikea was  modified, assembled and placed on the now completed framework.

The Ikea bed frame in position

Workmate and chop-saw on the water point

Steps removed and the second phase of the double bed installation completed

We then had accomplished all that we had set out to do this weekend. With the boat's water tank filled and the tools put away the boat was returned to its mooring. We had planned to continue the following weekend but Paul and Wendy tested positive for Covid-19 the work was put on pause. A couple of weeks later it was Paul's turn to go onto the water point at Agden where he was having new aft deck boards fitted by his eldest son Martin so we took the boat down to Lymm, topped-up the fresh water tank and emptied the toilet whilst Ange did some Quartermaster chores. On the way back to Agden, at Oughtrington we passed a swan sitting on her nest... no doubt she was sitting on a clutch of eggs.

Martin fitting Paul and Wendy's new aft deck boards on nb Adreva...

...and the power tools used

The swan at Oughtrington sitting on her nest

Instead of returning to our mooring we breasted-up on the side of Paul and as Paul finished off his deck boards I started to refit the floor covering but could only fit a few pieces. The bed frame end piece/top step support was cut to size and fitted, the top step (an off-cut from Paul's deck boards) was cut to size and fitted then the bed frame front fascia was fitted.

The new top step and bed end piece/step support in place

 

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Chapter 2 - Easter Cruise 2022

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Chapter 3 - Canalmanac 2022 Part 2

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Chapter 4 - Summer Cruise 2022

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Lymm CC Members Participating in the 2022 Summer Cruise

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Chapter 5 - Canalmanac 2022 Part 3

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Chapter 6 - Autumn Cruise 2022

 

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Chapter 7 - Canalmanac 2022 Part 3

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Canalography 2022

Our Canal Cruising Experiences and Milestones During 2022

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The story most probably continues in...

 

Book 19

Canal Cruising 2023

Health and finances allowing!

 

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Contents

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Forward
So You Want To Go Canal Cruising?

Introduction

 Book 1 - 1959 to 1982

 Book 2 - 1983 to 1999

 Book 3 - 2000 to 2005

 Book 4 - 2006 to 2007

 Book 5 - 2008 to 2009

 Book 6 - 2010

 Book 7 - 2011

 Book 8 - 2012

 Book 9 - 2013

 Book 10 - 2014

 Book 11 - 2015

 Book 12 - 2016

 Book 13 - 2017

 Book 14 - 2018

 Book 15 - 2019

 Book 16 - 2020

 Book 17 - 2021

Our Boats
Ruby
nb Squirrel
Adeline
Canals on Screen
Canals Through the Ages (Coming soon)
Photography Introduction
Photographic Experiences
Camerascape
Photoscape
Canalscape Gallery

Diarama Gallery

Photography in One

The History of Lymm Cruising Club

The Duke's Cut - The Bridgewater Canal

The Big Ditch - Manchester's Ship Canal

Shroppie - The Shropshire Union Canal System (In Preparation)

The Manchester and Salford Junction Canal
Mersey Connections (In Preparation)

Wonders of the Waterways

2011 Gardner Engine Rally Report

Foreign Forays - Canals of the World

Worsley Canal Heritage Walk

Castlefield Canal Heritage Walk

The Liverpool Docks Link

nb Total Eclipse

Don't Call it a Barge

Canis Canalus
Shannon

Footnote and Acknowledgements

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Updated 20/03/2022