Monday, 18 June 2018


Our daughter and boyfriend came for a visit in between a weekend at the Download festival and a week in Malta.  Steve kindly provided dinner in the Greyhound Inn.

Before Nikita left for the airport she treated us to a meal in Bar No 26, a fathers day treat for me. Very welcome for us pensioners to have meals provided.

We had a trip to Yeovil to visit my outlaw, we took her with us to the Prince of Wales at Ham Hill to meet a friend we first met in Mojacar, Roly and Bev drove up from Wales to surprise Gordy.
Gordy, Roly, Bev, Sue & Betty.
Back on the boat we gave FL a wash and brush up, the fridge was restocked, then we were on our way out of the marina for a half hour cruise down to Burston, the bankside chairs were out for a drink with Roly & Bev before getting ready to be frustrated by the latest England performance at a tournament. It starts in half hour we go.

Sunday, 10 June 2018


Moved down to Tixall Wide, it's more like stopping in a lake than a canal. Weather has been kind since we left Birmingham and the forecast is for it to continue.

The following morning we were pleasantly surprised to find the Haywood Junction water point empty. An enjoyable cruise up to Aston followed. We moored above Aston Lock where we have stayed all week.

A social week with meals at Shimla Palace and in the marina bistro and an odd drink or two in a couple of Stones hostelries with friends.

Stone Festival has been on during the week with various activities during the evenings culminating in a parade of floats through the town on Saturday.

Yesterday evening two hot air balloons  drifted up from the marina grounds 

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Springwatch 2018

We are back on the Staffordshire and Worcester canal heading north towards Great Haywood. 

Wednesday was a showery day, as there was very little wind it was a pleasant cruise under the golf umbrella when needed. Watching damp lock wheelers working from the vantage point of the  brolly covered poop deck is one life's small pleasures.

A distance of 10 miles and 6  locks, with a short stop at Gailey canal shop to pick up a Stratford on Avon canal plaque, found us at Penkridge. An hour in the Cross Keys before tea was well earned by both crews.


Boggs lock

We have seen lots of wild life  on this trip, Spring Watch could definitely do a program from the Staffordshire and Worcester canal  
Cormorant drying 

Grey Squirrel 

Unusually this heron swam across the canal. ( Who knew)

Deptmore lock is  in a lovely setting

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Back to the countryside

It's great to be out of the city, the canals were built to connect coal, industry and ports, these parts of the system are great in their own historic way but we prefer the rural isolated villagey bits.

Five  miles from Autherley junction is Wheaton Aston and Turners garage where the fuel hose can reach down to the canal to refuel the boats, a gas bottle was purchased too.

Turners garage from the web.

We were to retrace our steps back to Autherley junction which meant reversing back through Wheaton Aston bridge so we could turn at the winding hole and back to Wheaton Aston lock.

Hunting bridge was our mooring point again, bankside chairs were out for a convivial afternoon before tea time.

Avenue bridge.

St.Mary's at Brewood

IOM Ferry

Odd arch to Eskew bridge.

Stretton aqueduct

Lapley Wood Bridge

Wheaton Aston

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Autherley Junction

Misty 07:30 start to today's cruise from Dudley canal 

 Klara at Factory junction.

FL enters Coseley tunnel

Klara exits Coseley tunnel

We traveled through an industrial landscape during a two hour cruise to the first of the Wolverhampton flight of 21 locks.

Having lowered FL 132ft through these locks we turned right at Aldersley junction onto the Staffordshire and Worcester canal, half a mile further on we turn left at Autherley junction onto the Shropshire union canal and moor on rings at Hunting bridge.

Autherley junction

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Black Country living museum

Not that we are fair weather boaters you understand but the monsoon conditions that greeted us this morning meant that we would leave the boats tied up for another day. A lull of a couple of hours before lunch time allowed me to get out with the camera and take some more shots in the museum for the diary.

Thunder and lightning has now been rolling over us for most of the afternoon and the worst has just arrived at tea time.

Cheese contains charcoal.

Black Country cheese on toast. Tasted great.