|Enjoying the Wide.......turning around with plenty of room!|
|A little closer|
It's busy on a Sunday but we decided to go down to Great Haywood Junction and get diesel from the Anglo Welsh boatyard. While we were there we emptied the cassettes, got rid off the rubbish and filled up with water in the boatyard so we didn't have to queue at the water point under the bridge. We bought some engine oil ready for the next service on the boat and they let us dispose of our used oil in their barrel. It took an age to fill up with water, so I put some belly pork in the oven and roasties to cook while we cruised up to Radford Bank. We were hoping to find a space to moor as our daughter Lisa is coming with granddaughter Gwenllian on Tuesday and it's a good place to get into Stafford to meet their train.
Ben and I walked up to Tixall Lock to find a queue, the first of the season.The new owners of the lock cottage (Richard and Joanne if I've remembered correctly) were busy locking the boats through as they enjoy lock wheeling as they can have a chat to passing boaters.I expect we'll see them on the cut soon as they are looking for a thirty foot boat, the size dictated by the available mooring opposte the lock cottage.
We were in luck at Radford Bank although I did have to ask the boater just mooring up in the middle of a big space would he move up twenty feet so we could get in behind him, and he did so quite happily. He had a good chat with Eric telling him he had hoped to retire and travel the canals with his wife but she had died so he was on his own.
Today it's Bank Holiday Monday and the sun is shining, Ben and I went for a walk following the cycle route into Stafford so far and then coming back a different way. Eric and I then went on the bus to Tesco Extra in Stafford to fill up the empty cupboards, fridge and freezer. We came back by taxi.....as we had lots of bags.
Shopping put away we went and had a carvery meal at the Radford Bank Inn....very nice too. The rest of the afternoon was spent being thoroughly lazy.
|Lisa and Gwenllian having a silly picture moment!|