Another late posting, this, as the signal here is terrible. I did a few boat jobs this morning, including draining water out of the agglomerator- hardly any came out - and checking the gearbox oil. For this latter job I managed to get a spanner from a junk shop/tea room in Ellesmere for 50p. The filler/dipstick nut was just too big for my 17mm spanner and just too small for the 19mm one, and 18mm spanners don't seem to exist. Anyway the old rusty spanner is marked 3/4 (Whitworth?) and fits perfectly.
I also cleaned the engine drip tray again. There was - again - an amount of golden oil and some water. The oil looked new, but the levels in the engine and gearbox hadn't gone down. I don't know where it can possibly be coming from.
We left Ellesmere Basin after lunch and made our way to Whixall Junction where we turned right onto the Prees Branch. This is the first lift bridge, Allman's.
A catch up and an operation - We knew Helen and Andy from Wand'ring Bark and the Jam Butty were down south, so had been trying to meet up with them. It didn't quite work at the weeken...
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