… of the ice this morning - it was minus 7 a 6am and as I write (10:52) it still only minus point 6, but George informs me that down at Wardle Lock and in the T & M basin the ice has melted in the once again brilliant sunshine. Temperatures below freezing are expected again tonight and tomorrow but lots of rain is forecast for Thursday night/Friday so it's ‘ration water’ time until we can reverse down the lock to refill the tank before moving on.
Narrowboat Elizabeth - update
This morning George chanced to speak to our over the water neighbour about his boat (click here) for yesterday’s posting where I stated that I’d love to have a peek. George told him how interested I was in his boat and was told to look on the web for NB Elizabeth in France and all the pictures posted here are from that website -
(Click on translate once on the website)
Well worth a read - written in French and translated into ‘pigeon’ English!
Buttes, Namours, France 2001. NB Elizabeth has travelled the canals of England, France, Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.
Considered by the author (of the website) to be the 'oldest narrowboat on still water', and he’s probably right - built around 1860 and still going strong today - 152 years!
Elizabeth’s owner Jimmy McDonald on-board in the galley/dining area ...
… and at his piano
Elizabeth’s bathroom is the bow.
Jimmy was telling George that for 47 years he operated a boat wharf in Watford but then found out that some
idiot one had planned to run a railway straight through his business. He moved from there to a house here in Middlewich just 2-months ago where Elizabeth is moored at the bottom of his garden. He added that he’s made more friends in those 2 months than in all those years in Watford!
NB Elizabeth was certainly attracting lots of attention from towpath walkers over the weekend being so new to the area.