I have decided to write my weekly blog on a Sunday morning. There is something about a Sunday. As I sit here in the orangery overlooking the fields watching the sun rise I find myself reflecting on the week that has past and the events of the week to come.
What has happened this week? Well the builders are nearly done. We had a bit of an emergency as we had run out of shower boards which involved a 150 mile round trip to source some more, oh and the boiler decided to stop working on Friday evening! No central heating and no hot water. Do you know how many kettles of hot water it takes to get a decent bath? Hopefully we have a heating engineer coming out on Monday to sort it out. The builders should be finished by Tuesday evening and then it will be all hands on deck to finish painting the woodwork before carpets and furnishings go in and we open for business.
Today I plan to take some time out and go walking on the Audlem canal. A regular favourite of mine I haven't been since the building work started. It is such a pretty place to visit and very vibrant int the summer months. With a run of 15 locks it is not for the faint hearted but many canal boaters take a welcome breather at Lock 13 which happens to be situated right next to the Shroppie Fly. It's easy to while away a couple of hours sitting outside the Shroppie with a drink watching the boating community go about their day.
There are two walks to take from the Shroppie Fly up hill to the top of the locks and then off the canal and back around the country lanes to the village of Audlem or down canal to Overwater Marina where you can visit the fabulous little cafe, Bridge 80. Here you will be spoilt for choice with all the home made food on offer. In sunnier weather there is nothing better than sitting outside with lunch and watching the world go by.
If you don't fancy walking back why not take the Audlem Lass ? This is a little boat which runs from Overwater Marina to Audlem run purely by volunteers and they do a fantastic job. They ask for a nominal donation of 1.00 for adults and 50p for children and all proceeds go to the RNLI.
I must also mention that there is also Overwater Wheelyboat which is a non-profit making enterprise, supported by Overwater Marina, that offers trips to disabled and special needs children and adults. If you have a group which you would like to book a trip for you can phone Overwater Marina on 01270 812677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also new this year is the Overwater Wheelybus which is a specially adapted 12 seater Minibus for those groups who have difficulty arranging their own transport to the Marina. More information can be found here http://overwaterwheelyboat.co.uk/wheelybus/
In fact it is such a beautiful morning here in Cheshire I think I have talked myself into a walk to the marina and a slice of homemade cake and a cappuccino! Until next week