Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Huddlesford Junction Tuesday 8 October 2019

Day : Tuesday
Date : 8 October 2018
Start : 1000
Finish : 1350 Huddlesford Junction

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We both had very good meals last night in The Plum Pudding but it should be noted that their specials board is only available Wednesday to Sunday, Monday and Tuesday is the standard menu. DSCF2906

This morning when we got up the sun was shining and we were off at about 10am.

Almost opposite the Plum Pudding there use to be another pub called Spode Cottage, in 2017 it received planning consent to convert it to a 6 bedroom private dwelling, it looks as this work has been carried out because as you can see, it all looks very smart. DSCF2907

It looks as this year has been a good year for fungi from what I

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have seen along the canal side, I just wish I could find some sloes.

It wasn't long before we met our first boat, thankfully it was just before bridge 60, as this bridge is just round a 90° bend and before a les sharp one the other side.DSCF2908

At Woods End Lock we caught up with another boat and so were behind him at each of the three locks, so Diana gave him a hand at the first two. Once we were round to Shadehouse Lock there was a steady stream of boats in each direction so one up and one down. It was here that I learnt a new trick on Swan hearding, there were 4 in lock and Geoff a fellow Blogger from nb.Seyella, had the answer is to get behind them and the splash the canal water over them, if you try to just shoo them, they think you are going to feed them.
I think this raft must belong to the boat yard at Fradley Junction, it DSCF2918 looks a better job than the small boat they use to use to cross the cut with. The Swan pub was looking rather splendid in the mid day sun shine.DSCF2920

It was here that we turned down the Coventry canal passing through the swing bridge, the boat ahead had stopped for water and kindly closed the bridge for us. CRT never did get round to putting a lock on it. When we got the A38 road bridge CRT had two boats breasted up, I think they were probably volunteers doing vegetation management, anyway the chap by the tiller waved us by as he was able to see in both directions.DSCF2921

On Sunday I posted a photo of Salt Bridge and the fendering that CRT have erected to protect the edge, in my opinion they should have done the same as they have done at Brookhay Bridge with solid fendering right under the bridge.DSCF2925

We carried on to moor for the night at Huddlesford Junction where we found a nice spot with mooring rings

Today's Journeymap 1610 Miles 3 Locks in 3¾ hours


Kevin Blick said...

Is that old Dutch barge still dumped after the A38 bridge? Must be completely overgrown by now if it is.

************** Brian and Diana on NB Harnser******** Maps by https://www.waterwayroutes.co.uk said...

It looks as if someone has started to clean it up, it doesn't shine but definitely we both said someone has cleaned that.

Ann Street said...

Having missed getting sloes on the weaver (we thought it best to escape when we had the chance) ,I have been on the look out for them. Last night we moored wild on our way to Chester and first off I found brambles which went with the weaver apples a treat then I found several sloe bushes with lovely big ripe sloes
One of our better moorings!

Richard Thorpe said...

For a good italian meal you should try La Terrazza on Lichfield Road in Rugeley. We have had some excellent meals there.
I look forward to following your blog now that you are moored at Alvecote
Thanks for helping keep me entertained
NB Tyto Alba