Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Learning curves for Lockboys

Above, a pensive Jack watching Caxton rise in a lock.
Above, Jack and Fletcher watching Caxton come through the swing bridge at Oakgrove.
This week Caxton has an apprentice 'lockboy' in the form of my nephew Jack. Delivered on Friday evening by Mum and Dad, Chris and Bob, Jack is staying with us for a week of his school holiday. He has never been on a narrowboat or seen a lock so today we tested him with the twelve locks of the Bosley flight on the Macclesfield Canal. We had a good journey up and stopped at Oakgrove for showers and lunch. We visited the Fools Nook pub and sat in a sunny courtyard at the rear to enjoy our lunch. Thai crab cakes with salad for Joe and I and Filo wrapped prawns for Jack. An excellent lunch, good food and VERY good service; definitely worth your custom if you are in this part of the world. Tonight, having moved up to Lyme Green we are going to go ten pin bowling!!!

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