August 13th 2011 visitors on board

We have had a busy few days on Shell Bell.  On Thursday we met Chris and Cliff at the pub and after a drink transferred to the boat for tea, drinks and a chat, Chris asked about the crayfish trap so this was baited and dropped into the canal.We chatted on  late into the night as we sat by the light of candles on the towpath.  (long live the batteries!!).

Chris and Cliff with Sheila

After breakfast on Friday and a look at the crayfish trap, which was well loaded with about a dozen crayfish, we set off to train our new crew in the art of locking.  They soon caught on and we were soon (three hours) through seven locks and moored safely at the top.  After a short walk it was time for fishing lessons.  Cliff had not fished since he was a boy but soon picked it up and caught the biggest bream of the session.  Not to be outdone by this Chris took to the pole and it wasn’t long before a small roach could be seen flying through the air (reminded us of Claire’s catch).  Once the fish was safely landed we got ready and went to The Navigation pub to eat a wonderful meal,  And so back to the boat where we spent another evening on the towpath.

Saturday was the day our guests had to depart.  They left after breakfast – 2.00pm!!!

We had a great time and hope to welcome them aboard again soon.

a good catch of crayfish

windlass at the ready


Cliffs prize catch sorry Chris yours came out blurred ???

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