This morning we visited Wightwick Manor, what a strange house with so many different styles built over a short period of time. Todays planning officers would have a heart attack if something like that landed on their desk today.
It was half past one when we set off and the weather had remained dry all morning, mind you we had plenty during the night. The first lock Wightwick top lock was with us, but I wonder about the tail bridge, when they rebuilt the approach wall why didn't the new arch follow the line of the original. Was it intentional to make it stand out as new on old? Just below Compton Lock we spotted our friends Heather and Steve moored up. I should say Heather spotted us, as I said to Diana, who is that on a boat waving madly at us. I never wear my glasses while boating. They were moored directly opposite what use to be Limekiln Chandlery but now a couple of rather smart houses, in the grounds they have made a feature of an old boat hull, so we moored behind them for a chat before Heather cam and gave us a hand with Compton Lock., then it started to rain. Its not a very good photograph but someone has hung pompoms from the tree branches right over the middle of the towpath with a tag on them.A short way before Aldersley Junction someone has recreated a little piece of Greece it there back garden, I hope they get the weather to enjoy it. Shortly after this we spotted more friends moored up so we stopped for another chat, now you understand why todays journey has been so slow. This time it was Anne and Oli with their two rescue dogs, not dogs that rescue people, dogs that have been rescued from life in a dog pound. We pushed on it the rather miserable weather past Autherley Junction and into the narrows, here we met a boat coming towards us, but luckily when he saw us he was right by a passing place so I was able to catty on and go round him. Or stopping place for the night is right outside The Fox and Anchor pub, but they seem to have dropped Fox from the name now. We may even go there to eat tonight.
Todays Journey 6¼ miles 3 lock in 3¼ hours