I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Tuesday 11th September

We are now back on Mary H though I think this part of the blog needs a new name – “Without Millie we are only Two”!  We have left Millie at home as we will soon be spending five days in Liverpool and she would have hated that as she wouldn’t have been allowed out.  Victoria is at home so she will be well cared for though I am missing her already.

We had a lovely time at home though it passed by too quickly. We certainly won’t stay away from home for that long again.  Back on Mary H it was quite late by the time we had unpacked so we tootled off to the pub and had an excellent meal.

clip_image002When we got back to the boat yesterday all the pots had blown over.  They were so dry and the wind had got up.  One fell into the water and I managed to rescue it and we took them all onto the walkway where I watered them like mad.  I suddenly realised I was one short which was very sad.  However this morning I went to the office to say goodbye and there was the missing pot outside!  It looks as if it has been in the water too so I guess someone must have rescued it for me J

Tewitfield is a very pretty place but spoilt by the noise of the M6 which is very close.  The marina is certainly attractive in the sunshine and the area outside where there is 7 day mooring is also lovely.  We had hoped to walk up the abandoned locks but wanted to press on to Carnforth.

We passed the Capernwray Canal Arm known locally as Lover's Creek. This took barges into the heart of Webber Quarry, where they were loaded with limestone. A narrow gauge railway ran around the site, which had quarry workers houses called 'New England'.

It wasn’t long before we reached Carnforth where we tied up and walked to the station as we wanted to catch the train to Ulverston.  It is a fascinating journey as it goes right along the coast and over the water in places.  Ulverston wasn’t anything special though it is the birth place of Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy fame) and has a museum there.  We broke the journey back at Grange-over-Sands and had a walk along the sea front and a brief sojourn into the town.  It looked to be a very pretty town and the views over Morecambe Bay were beautiful.
clip_image012Back at Carnforth we had wanted to visit the Visitor’s Centre but it closed at 4pm and we arrived about 10 minutes past 4.  For those of you who don’t know Carnforth Station was used in the wonderful film 1945 Brief Encounter and apparently there is a film room where the film rolls continuously all day!  Filming took place at night so as not to disturb the usual use of the station.  We were, however, able to see the famous Carnforth Station clock made by Joyce of Whitchurch in the late 19th century, which featured in Brief Encounter.

We walked back to Mary H and set off for Hest Bank where we moored up for the night.

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