Once more into the Bratch dear friends

Our generator arrived back safely by TNT courier, it arrived strapped to a pallet and while I went to get a knife to remove it, the driver had carried it to the boat pallet & all!

DSCF1179This signalled our departure form the Fox & Anchor, and off we went towards Autherley Junction where last year we turned off and explored the Shropshire Union, but this year it was straight on towards Stourport after a stop for lunch. I noticed the clearness of the water hereabouts  and just a bit further I noticed a strong flow of clear water from a culvert, I later discovered this was Autherley Sewage Works Outfall … Oh well!

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Just half a mile away is Aldersley Junction, what an opportunity to get confused! Some serious dredging work was going on along this stretch and we had to pass the dredger carefully.

 

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We had heard that our son, Jer was headed this way and at Dimmingsdale Wharf we met him coming in the opposite direction and stopped to chat for a few minutes. He was on a mission moving a friend’s boat so Joy sent him off with a home made takeaway,  Spetsofai (Greek sausage casserole)

 

There are some interesting features at Awbridge Lock but there seems to be some conflict between ‘Elf & Safety and the listed status of the lock resulting in an awful looking temporary/permanent handrail made of scaffolding being put in place, next to the attractive cast iron walkway.

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We intended to stop before Bratch Locks but on arrival the Lock Keeper was still in attendance and saw us down the flight and we moored at the bottom.

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