Friday, 6 May 2016

Gt Haywood Friday 6 May 2016

We set off just after 9-30, it was warm but quite overcast and didn’t really brighten up and clear out all day. Our luck with the locks has not been so good today and I think we turned every one of them.

The Italian Restaurant, La Bella Napoli by Star lock has closed and is being refurbished under the name of Let’s See. The back garden is now full of statues.DSCF4675 At Western Mr. Asbo swan was on good form chewing on my leg to protect his wife and nest, all of which were well behind us.

At lock 24 a CRT contractor was treating the joints in the paving with weed killer, this seems to be bit of a controversial topic on social media.DSCF4681

We had considered going down to Wolseley Bridge for tonight and eating at the pub there, but as we set Gt Haywood lock a hire boat came up behind us who didn’t have a clue, they had only come from the Anglo Welsh yard at the junction, so we moored just through bridge 72A and walked back to help them. Just as well as they had left a top paddle half up. By the time they were on their way it was heading for 6 pm so we decided to stay put. There is bit of an impromptu floating Market just below the lock this weekend with 5 trading boats there. A pirate supplier, Dog Goodies, art gallery,  coffee and one selling tiller pins and jewellery. Lets hope the weather stays good for them.DSCF4684 

Today’s Journey  map 20 14 miles and 13 locks in 7¾ hours

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