Well it rained most of yesterday evening, I did take a walk between showers and there was only room to moor a 45 foot boat between Alrewas Lock and the winding hole the other side of the village, its a popular stopping place.
We woke this morning to the sound of the rain so were in no hurry to get up of started, Diana decided she needed to go back to the Co-op so we finally got away at 11-35 am. in the rain. we were following another boat so both Bagnall and Common Locks were against us, but we did have one coming down above Common so no need to stop and close up, all the rest, thanks to oncoming boats were with us.
Yesterday I posted a picture of the Apes in the trees along this stretch of canal, today I noticed that there are also skeletons.
We stopped to fill with water at the Fradley CRT centre between Keepers Lock and Junction Lock, no Volockies on duty today. The tap is definitely one of the slower ones on the system. Up through Junction Lock and hard left onto the Coventry Canal passing through the small Swing Bridge. CRT did say they were going to fit a lock on this bridge but they seemed to have dropped the idea now. Just passed the water point we passed a moored boat called Song of the Waterways, this use to belong to the late Jeff Dennison song writer and singer of waterway songs. As you can see its still raining.
We pushed on meeting several boats including passing a ex working pair on the wrong side at Streethay, well it looked easier all round to do that. The rain eased a bit and even stopped for a few minutes as we continued on to Whittington to moor for the night. The back end of the boat is on the Coventry canal and the front end on the Birmingham and Fazeley canal, this is what we see looking out of the galley side hatch, O and its still raining.
7½ miles, 5 locks, 3 canals, 2 Junctions (one we are moored on) 1 swing bridge in 4 hours.