30th July 2016 – Penkridge
This morning we just moved down to the town moorings above the lock as we wanted the visit Penkridge Market where Joy bought some jigsaw puzzles to keep her amused, we also got some fruit and veg and visited the famous Jaspers Bakery for some cakes to take home for tea. The rest of the day was just spent chilling out and picked the first of the tomatoes growing on top of the boat. These were, San Marzano, a plum variety given to us by Joy’s friend Janet.
31th July 2016 – Penkridge – Great Haywood
Today was supposed to be rainy so we had planned to stay put, but by the morning the forecast had improved so we decided to carry on, through Tixall Wide with the famous gatehouse.
We thought about stopping here for tea, but time was getting on and reached Great Haywood just in time to slot into the last available spot on the visitor moorings.
1st August 2016 – Great Haywood – Fradley Junction
This morning we set off at about 9:15 and arrived at Rugeley at noon in time for some shopping at Aldi and Morrisons. We bought some sandwiches for lunch before setting off again for Fradley Junction where we arrived about 6pm. Phew, that was quite a long day.
2nd August 2016 – Fradley Junction
Today was rainy so we stayed on the mooring and had a day of ‘housekeeping’
3rd August 2016 – Fradley Junction – Fazeley Junction
Just a 4 hour journey today, with a little drizzle, found this stretch of canal overgrown making visibility a bridges very poor and of course we seemed to meet a boat at every bridge (well not quite, I suppose) it also seemed to be very shallow, making for slow progress and we had to stop three times to remove debris from the propeller, the last of which was half a high viz vest which brought us to an abrupt halt. As we approached Fazeley the wind picked up and on mooring up I had a struggle to pull the boat into the side, so here we are for lunch opposite Peels Wharf and here we will stay for the night.
4th August 2016 – Fazeley Junction – Bradley Green
The final leg of our journey should have taken us a shade under four hours, but by the time we had filled up with water, queued for the only two locks on our journey at Glascote, Joy had gone to find a postbox and bought some lunch at Glascote Co-op (on the old Anchor pub site) we were well behind schedule. We needed to visit Alvecote Wharf for gas and a pump out, but arrived just as they were starting their lunch hour, so we had ours as well.
We continued on our way and as we were passing Pooley Country Park Ray & Penny (she who painted the wrens on our back doors) invited us to stop for a cup of tea and a natter, so by the time we left it had started to drizzle of course, but I managed to stay dry-ish under the umbrella until we reached our mooring just after five, a mere seven hours after leaving Fazeley.
It was a good day and it was good to be back ‘home’ for a bit and catch up with local news with our neighbours.