And we’re off… moving after several weeks locked down…. freedom!!
It was a gorgeously hot sunny day as we departed Edenderry & turned left at the end of the arm to retrace our steps back to Lowtown. Mum had the music playing & was happy once again. She hates having to stay in one place. Boating is completely under her skin & she loves adventuring. We love it too especially all the new walkies.
We intended to get to the lock & just moor up below it till Monday as we didn’t want to call Alan the lockie out on a Saturday but as we approached as if by magic he appeared. Apparently a fisherman we’d passed had kindly called him to help us at the lock. So we went above the lock & moored up there.
It was absolutely wonderful to be out in the countryside again. Mum was ecstatic & so were we.
The water here is so clear & there’s an amazing view looking back down from the lock where we saw many wonderful sunsets. Mum was able to set her table out & we all had dinner al fresco.
We stayed at Ticknevin lock for a couple of days but then had to move to Allenwood for shopping. so we were back on our lovely little mooring there where we could still sit outside the boat.
We had a great time here for a few days chilling in the grass.
Then we headed up to Lowtown to get pumpout turned round & came back to Allenwood. This time mum decided to try & moor up at the bridge before as it was much nearer for shopping but it looked shallow & was outside someones house. She managed it & then could buy all the heavy stuff at the garage even treating herself to a rare bottle of wine.
We just stayed here one night then headed back to our new favourite spot at Ticknevin lock. Now we were facing the lock so mum could sit on the front & watch the sunsets.
Whilst we were there mum took part in a virtual boating challenge. Each year there is a BCN (Birmingham Canal Navigation) 24hr marathon challenge. You enter in teams & have to travel as much of the BCN as you can accruing points for mileage & locks whilst solving quizzes & challenges along the way. We entered this in 2013 with Uncle Alan & Auntie Sally as crew. Much of the challenge is in the tactical planning of routes to accrue the maximum points. This year as the challenge can’t happen they decided to run a virtual challenge where you can not only just cruise the current canals you had a time machine & could cruise the 60 miles of canals that are closed down.
We entered a team with friends from Urban Moorings & Tom also from Ireland. We had a daily quiz & challenge to do plus had to type up our blog of our virtual journey each day. It was great fun but hard work. We ended up coming 5th out of 14 teams. Our virtual blog is here:
Here’s our team on one of the trips back in time!!!
We eventually had to wrench ourselves away from Ticknevin as we started to run low on food & headed back to Edenderry.
I’ll leave you with some of mums wonderful sunset photos but here’s some photos of two handsome fellas who live aboard Golden Boyz enjoying themselves at Ticknevin.
And as promised here are the spectacular sunsets