Sunday, 9 December 2012

Early Winter – Out and About

Now we are back in the Marina, I have more easily followed my range of leisure activities!
The joys of retirement?!
As a member of the local Audlem Ramblers, we went down to the Wyre Forest. We came across the unexpected sight of a falconer's bird of prey caught by it's jessie's on a barbed-wire fence.
The guys cut the bird free

Chris holding the freed bird of prey – a peregrine?

As winter slowly arrives, there have been some great sunsets – a benefit of the open aspect of the Marina. Here is a view looking west across the pool.

Overwater Marina gets used as an easy launching location, on this occasion for the Land and Water contractors who have been working on some piling to tidy the pound below Lock 4 on the Audlem flight of locks.

Lifting off the boat sledge

Onto the lorry – now on it's way to the Montgomery Canal at Welshpool
There is easy (though muddy) access from the Marina, via Bridge 82, to the canal towpath.
Here I had the pleasure of catching the tug “Taurus” ticking along with a Gardner 2LW – heading for the Marina for a mooring.

The same day, I walked up to the Audlem Top Lock, where they are replacing the lock gates.
A new lock beam awaiting installation

Health and Safety fencing obscure the renovation work

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