Just over the Aqueduct on the offside is Streton Wharf which is one of the few yards I know or that will still grit blast boats, most yards consider it to dirty.The weather by now was sometimes warm and sometimes cool but no rain. At Wheaton Aston lock there was a duck and a goose. I am not sure if the duck thought it was a goose or the goose who thought it was a duck, which ever way round it was they were obviously very good friends and went everywhere together. We couldn’t pass through Wheaton Aston without calling in at Turners for diesel at 63.9p/lt it was cheaper than when we filled up in 2008.
A bit further north at High Onn there is a lovely old Cadbury’s milk warehouse that would make a cracking house if tactfully converted. the other side of the bridge there are other old buildings that are now converted into a house and workshop. a little further up the canal is another turn over bridge, it serves the same purpose as the one on the Trent and Mersey which I posted about on Friday 13 march 2015 but has a bigger sweep to the approach after coming through the bridge.
No one can make a journey along the Shropshire Union Canal without including a photograph of the famous telegraph pole in the bridge hole. Remember there are people in this country today who have never seen a pole with cross arms like this. today phone cables are bundled and just tied to the top of a bare pole. When did you last see a pair of telephone wires?
I must just mention the boat we met, I had just passed a moored boat and they were coming towards me so I was hurrying to get out of there way with quite a bit of power on to get moving so at first I couldn’t hear what they were saying, as we were side by side it was the comment that they follow this blog, but by then it was to late to get their names. I feel very honoured that people take the time to read what I write. I am not the worlds best raconteur and this blog was only started to keep in touch with my family while we were away.
We planed to moor outside The Anchor at High Offley, just before we arrived there I noticed this strange arrangement on the offside bank where a small aqueduct takes a stream over an overflow weir and discharges the water into the canal. I have never seen anything like it before and wonder if it is indeed unique.
Note to self. I have topped up the domestic batteries tonight.