Saturday, June 11, 2011

Back On The Staffs & Worcs Canal

Mooring up for Teddesley Lock
Today(Saturday) we woke to sunshine so we cruised. Ben and I walked for an hour before going onboard for elevenses. Lots of boats about today and the water level is certainly down between Deptmore Lock and Penkridge, in places we scraped or got grounded when a boat needed to pass us. We queued at all the locks following boats coming out of Stafford Marina as it's the weekend. No room to moor in Penkridge where we could get a satellite signal so we  did a few more locks and moored above Boggs Lock. We did get caught in the rain but it didn't last long. Tomorrow we can walk up to Gailey to get some papers, milk and bread. Eric wants to stay put to watch the Grand Prix.....the weather forecast doesn't look too promising here either.

We decided to cruise the Staffs & Worcs Canal  towards Kinver as Wilsons are fitting the cratch cover this week. The photo shows our new cratch board, it's clever as the windows fold in so we can get to the gas locker and tie up more easily. When the cover's done we will be heading back to the Trent and Mersey Canal at Great Haywood then on our way towards Burton on Trent. Our plans have changed(again) as we are going to Nottingham on the River Trent to see my friend Anne before we go south on the River Soar, all of which is totally new cruising ground to us.

Anne and I were in college together over forty years ago........doesn't time fly! Looking forward to seeing you  'Grannie Annie' !

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