We reached Westport Lake, just the other side of Harecastle Tunnel this afternoon, just before the rain turned quite heavy. I had intended to change the oil, but that will wait for a drier day. Instead I tackled the grisly job of cleaning out the shower sump, hoping that that would make the float switch work better. It didn't, so I need to buy a new float switch.
As we tied up Jan noticed a boat in front was a food boat of some sort, so I went to investigate and found the Oatcake Boat.
By this time Adrian and Chris had joined us on Essence having got a later passage through the tunnel. We all enjoyed the good value fare. The oatcake lady does much of her trade when Stoke City Football Club is playing at home; she positions her boat near the Britannia Stadium. She was telling us that fans have made a tradition of buying an oatcake from her on match days. The most popular filling is cheese and bacon (£2).
I mentioned the rain. It wasn't too bad earlier in the day when we were coming down the bottom end of the Macclesfield Canal, but all yesterday's views had disappeared behind a low cloud.
It was good meeting up with Adrian and Chris again; they joined us for tea as did Jan's former college friend Jane.
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Grà on test - The September *Canal Boat* is out, and includes my boat test on *Grà* by Finesse Boats. It will be their Crick Boat Show exhibit.
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