Thursday 24 August 2023

Home moorings

No signal last night


Had lovely meals in the Dog and Doublet last night, They only had the Wok kitchen on which suited us fine. I suspect they had a very busy weekend with the good weather as the choice of beer was very limited.
There had been a couple of spots of rain this morning before we were about, we hung around a bit before setting off as Darley hadn’t been long gone, looking back there was black smoke rising in the distance, lets hope its not another motorway fire.DSCF8482

Moored right in front of the pub is this raft, its been there for several months now so I walked down toDSCF8483

read the notice on it, I seems its fund raising for a little girl but its been her for months and not moved on its travels yet. The young girl has already been to Rome that is mentioned, so seems a bit in limbo.IMG_20230823_101600

Needless to say all the locks were against us and we didn’t meet a boat until after we had left the flight. The swing bridge just above the bottom lock is looking very sorry for its self, I doubt its been swung in 20 years, at least before they fitted the non slip surface as a walkway. a bit like the money on the sunken bollards that have never been raised.DSCF8486

There were only a couple of boats moored between the lock and Drayton Turret Bridge which is very unusual, there are normally about 4 at each bridge. We didn’t meet any boats until we turned at Fazeley Junction and then only one, so we knew Glascote locks would be against us and sure enough the boat ahead had just gone in the bottom lock so we followed him up, we than met a couple of boats above the locks, that was all we saw until back at the marina. We did pass this chap sitting on the fence beside the canal. A whole new meaning to wind your neck in.DSCF8488

I made a real pigs ear turning into our mooring slot and actually had to turn round and go in forwards.



5 locks, 7½ miles in 4¼ hours

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