Sunday, 14 September 2014

Taft Wharf Sunday 14 September 2014

We started the morning with a walk round Burston, it has an interesting little church as well as a mill pond in the village. As a result of this it was 11 am before we were on our way.

At Sandon Lock there were a couple of boats ahead, one of them being a hire boat, with one man and four ladies onboard, one of the ladies explained that they had were doing team building for a client. I took this to me that the couple had hired a boat for a weekend then charged a company a fortune to take three of their employees on a team building weekend. The three ladies looked suitably bored sitting out on the bow of the boat when we passed them a little later.

By the lock moorings there is this mound but there is no information about it, but it seems its an old lime kiln.DSCF6884

There were a collection of small tugs and Canal and River Services yard at Western Wharf as well as the back end of a butty and several other interesting boat.DSCF6889

On the way up last week I photographed a horse drawn delivery van, I got a slightly better shot of it today. The car is still there DSCF6892but the other wagon has been moved.

Above Hoo Mill lock there are three concrete structures standing in the field beside the canal. They look like old air raid shelters, but why there?DSCF6896 Just below Hoo Mill Lock there is a very ancient fuel delivery arm from a fuel pump in the shed. You can just see the glass bowl on DSCF6897the right hand end of the arm.

We stopped at Gt Haywood just before bridge 74 and walked across the the Farm Shop where we bought a few odds and ends, it has a very well stocked butchery department as well as other fresh and frozen foods.

After this brief stop we pushed on, there were lots of mooring spaces above Haywood lock, but we had to wait for a boat to go down and another to come up before we could continue. Although the boat in front moored just below the lock we were in the same situation at Colwich lock. We were going to moor at Wolseley bridge but the moorings above were all full and below under the trees so we went a bit further just through Taft Bridge. There was one other boat here when we arrived at 1645 hrs but it soon filled up. I spent a bit of time changing the red blodges on the roof to a shade of grey, not quire the same as the rest of the roof but better than red.

day 10 Today’s Journey 10 miles, 5 locks in 5 hrs.

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