We left at 9 15 am but stopped a few minutes later to see Dave on Nb. Anon who sells leather goods to buy a windlass holder for a fiver. I usually stick the handle of the windlass through the belt loop on my jeans, but its only a mater of time before it busts and I lose the windlass. I have been using it all day and so far I am well impressed.
The weather was fine and the sun trying to break through but a rubbish forecast for the afternoon.
I have asked several people what use to stand beside the canal where it runs closest to the railway at map ref SJ 91912 07094
Passing Calf Heath Marina we still cant work out how to get into the pub from the canal. Just passed here we found a dredger and butty almost in the middle of the canal belonging to Sea and Land Just before the chemical works there was a tug, 2 flats and one with a toilet on board. We met another couple of flats with push tugs making their way in that direction.
Spring has really sprung with with all the Marsh Marigolds out in full flower as well as the Cowslips. There were quite a few boats around the Gailey and Penkridge area where we were now suffering from April shows, but nothing like the rain forecast. We stopped for lunch in Penkridge before doing another couple of hours. For some reason CRT in their wisdom have marked the Gailey lock moorings below the lock as 48 hr moorings, that could lead to fun when things get a bit busier. Also the winter moorings below Penkridge lock don’t look too inviting, is it possible CRT didn’t want boaters to take winter moorings this year.
We moored a short way above Deptmore lock for the night in bright sunshine but we could see the rain going round us and since we have been here there have been a few flashes of lightening.