So Reader I'm not entirely sure what has happened to the layout of this edition, but boredom and lack of interest prevents me from spending one more second trying to rectify it, that and downloading all the photos while I did my make-up, cleaned my teeth and made the Boat Polisher in Chief coffee then to have a slip of the finger and they all disappear.... so bare with me and normal service will be resumed tomorrow, perhaps.
So on the Farming news front, below you will see maize drilling has taken place along these parts. Maize is a type of corn on the cob for dairy cows and Cheshire is a big dairy farming area. Maize likes a fine tilth, dry-ish and then nice warm sunshine. Well we have two out of three.
In yesterdays posting near the beginning I included a photo of a tractor pulling a trailer of silage bales over a bridge, lets not comment that I think it was too heavy on our heritage bridges but silage also is winter forage for dairy cows. All this makes May and June very busy for dairy farmers. Not so weather dependant as hay making back in the last century or when my husband was doing all this palaver but safe to say he does not miss farming (and I ask him regularly).
|Maize in neat rows|
|Delightful bit of mission creep on the gardening front here.|
|Looks a bit peaky but I'm told it will be okay, also a bit weedy tut tut.|
|Poor people rushing off to work|
|Now I do love a threatening sky. It was cold today but not wet.|
|Most attractive house of the day.|
|Former stabling for the boat pulling horses now saved and converted into holiday lets|
|These are not shutters but sealed up portholes..... each to his/her own of course but unusual.|
|Pretty Hawthorne blossom going over now but so attractive in the hedgerow.|
|Lorries running right alongside the canal here, there were traffic lights here and the driver of the tipper truck was waving to us.|
|This view is from the other side of the canal, not available to a boater|
|Estimated to be towards Stockport or Warrington.|
|The other hilltops of the sandstone ridge towards Wrexham.... generally.|
|Very possibly towards Chester, there again possibly not. As I said it was hazy.|
|Looking out of the gateway|
|Its much bigger than you would think|
|The straw roof was very thick and the wooden struts huge.|
|So here is the top lock now with two boats facing different directions. On the lock landing in the distance is the privately owned boat which was moved..... in the end.|
|The yard manager on the roof, holding ropes, pushing and pulling boats.|