Polishing and Aston Marina

Sunday was a glorious sunny day as we moved from Great Heywood to our summer moorings at Aston Marina. Being Easter there were a number of boats on the move and most appeared to have come from Aston.

However, before I relate more of our journey, I forgot to mention  that on Friday evening, with the prospect of good weather to come I managed to polish the mushroom vents. They came up a treat with the heady combination of Bar Keepers Friend and Shiny Sinks followed by Brasso. This was followed by a protective coating of Jade Oil - I don't want to polish them for a little while.

Polished mushroom vents 

As we left entered Weston Lock a boat coming south appeared. It was Tyseley the converter working boat of the Mikron Theatre group. We have seen them perform a few times and even shared an overnight mooring at Upton when they were in transit along the River Severn. Tyseley's crew were not part of the theatre group but volunteers moving her to another venue. It appears they have been involved in moving the boat for many years.

Passing Tyseley the Mikron Theatre Boat

The crew of Tyseley warned us of the aggressive male swan on the cut through the village of Weston; his mate is sitting on a nest. We met him last year when he attacked our stern fenders. This year we got a repeat performance but he didn't follow us quite so far along the cut.

This year's fender attack!

As we passed through Burston we saw NB Morpheus again. Nobody was on board - I wonder if they were having Sunday lunch in the Greyhound? After we had moored up at Aston and retired to the marina deck for lunch, Morpheus appeared at the marina entrance and did a "circuit" via the separate exit. I suspect they were carrying out a reconnaissance for a hand-over later in the month. They mentioned the possibility when we shared locks on the Grand Union.

Morpheus again

We look forward again to some summer boating from Aston. The Macclesfield and Peak Forest are on our agenda.

Reflections in the Trent & Mersey Canal, Aston