We finally left Tixall Wide and headed down to Great Haywood Junction and stopped for water, coal, gas, refuse and emptying the cassettes. Eric had an awkward job reversing back to the water point with the wind but he managed it. Filling with water took forever as we'd not filled up for over a week. The refuse compound had general waste bins overflowing and bags piled up too! There was recycling bins and they weren't full. We had to pay to empty the cassettes, even when it's a fairly basic hole in the ground but needs must.
We moved off the water point and moored up above the lock so I could pop to the chemist for a photocopy of our solar panel bill for our insurance company and get milk and some bread. Then we worked through the lock and we were on our way. Ben enjoyed another walk to Colwich Lock where we were first in the queue which soon built up.
We moored opposite the pig farm after Bridge 69 on the Trent and Mersey Canal as we decided it was too late to continue to Rugeley for shopping as all the spaces would probably be gone by now. No need to run the engine tonight at the controller told us our batteries were at 12.9v.
In the morning we were up and away, Ben and I walking to Rugeley while Eric cruised alongside. We were in luck there was a Bendy sized space on the visitor moorings and as I blog there's lots of spaces as most people shop and leave Rugeley behind. We've stocked up the cupboards, fridge and freezer with convenient Iceland and Morrison stores. There's also a Wilkinsons where Eric bought some padlocks to secure the solar panels and the usual bits and pieces including some cupboard catches because we can't find the ones we know we have somewhere.
We decided to stay put and move in the morning........let's hope the locals are friendly!