Turning onto the Shropshire Union Canal at Autherley Junction was acchieved after a short wait with boats coming off the Shroppie onto the Staffs & Worcs Canal. We didn't stop until we moored near Bridge 8 which soon filled up with moored boats. That was where we spent a very quiet Monday night.
On Tuesday Ben and I walked to Brewood while Eric steered the boat mooring up at the visitor's moorings under the trees so we go and get some bread, milk and fruit. We spotted a sign for a butcher's advertising award winning pies so we bought two, one for tea and one for the freezer for another day. The pies were still hot and proved to be delicious!
We didn't want to stay in the dark, dingy cutting so we moved on stopping at Little Onn near Bridge 8 where we found there wasn't a Shroppie shelf to cause us the problem of banging in the night. We did have loads of flies though with cows nearby. In the morning several cows escaped the field and tasted the grass on the towpath before the farmer came to retrieve them.
On Wednesday we moved on and arrived at the end of a long line of boats moored at Norbury Wharf and moored up. Just in time too as it absolutely emptied down, but no leaks on NB Bendigedig. It made me think of a holiday thirty years ago when the hired boat leaked like a sieve around the windows and doors. How do I know it was thirty years -well I was pregnant with my youngest daughter Lisa who is now thirty.
Today (Thursday) we moved again, Ben and I had to get back on the boat to go through Grub Street Cutting as it's usually pretty wet. We got back off to continue our walk. The towpath at Woodseaves Cutting is now closed due to all the rock falls and it's getting more and more overgrown. After that it was down Tyrley Locks, a flight of five locks. With boats coming in both directions we made great progress planning to moor up alongside the school playing fields but there were no spaces. We filled up with water and hoped to find a spot so we could do a Morrison's shop. A boat was leaving on the 48 hour moorings so we were in luck.
The shopping's done and it's time to put my feet up and relax!