We woke to beautiful sunshine so decided to cruise today. Ben and I walked into Brewood alongside the boat enjoying a walk as a change from cycling. Ben stayed on the boat while Eric and I did a bit of shopping and got a Sunday paper. On the way back to the boat we popped in The Bridge for a pint and a J2O and ended up having Sunday lunch, which turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. First they brought a very small dish with chunks of carrot, potato and a few green beans and then the plates came with mashed potato, roasties and a yorkshire pudding with two slices of pork. Most of the meal was potato although the roasted sweet potato was a nice touch, as we hadn't tasted that before. So we won't be going back there again for Sunday lunch.
We decided to move on in the afternoon and finally moored up at Wheaton Aston after working through the lock. The hireboater going down had only done the stop lock at Autherley before so our help was needed explaining what to do as they were very apprehensive. The boaters going up were also new to locks so were glad of some help too. A peaceful afternoon followed disturbed only by Ben seeing off any dogs who came anywhere near the boat. A young thrush very bravely hopped on the bow of the boat hoping for food, but he didn't wait around long enough for me to get him some crumbs.