Monday, 2 December 2019

Handsacre Monday 2 December 2019

Day : Monday
Date : 2 December 2019
Start : 1100
Finish : 1500 Handsacre

There was a good frost last night but the only frozen bit of the canal we saw was where we were moored. We took a walk downDSCF3101 to the river and the signs have now been changed to normal with the level into the green, however I would still estimate the flow between the lock and the weir at about 3 MPH and the passed the weir around about 2 MPH so it will be bit of a slog coming from Burton.

The was the flow between the lock and wier

Walking passed the weir the flow was a little less

We wandered back through the village hoping to buy some jars of preserves but there was no products out for sale. They were out yesterday after noon but Diana hadn't taken any money with her. The cottage that sells the produce has a luxurious growth of mossDSCF3105on the thatch. Some of the cars had frost on them so thick it looked like snow, but by now the sun was well out and things were turning wet.

We met our first boat before reaching the lock, that was the first of 9 we were to meet in the next 5 miles, almost like summer.
Passing the rubbish bins at Fradley very slowly as Diana had walked ahead to open the lock I saw 4 large rats scampering around under the bins, that was in the few seconds it took me to pass, with the cafe there I expect there is food waste in the bins.

We stopped for a bit of lunch just above Wood End Lock before setting off in the last of the afternoon sunshine, not that we saw much of it through the offside trees. Just before bridge 56 there is a nice little stretch of piling which suites us for the night.

Today's Journeymap 045¾ Miles 8 Locks in 3 hours.

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