Last night was spent on a very quiet rural morning on the Shroppie after Bridge 8. We pulled into a space watched by the boat that would be behind us, so I said is it ok to share the mooring ring just to be polite. He wasn't happy about sharing and we noticed that all the moored boats hadn't shared rings leaving little spaces between each boat. Are boaters antisocial? Maybe! We we weren't noisy, we didn't need to run the engine, we just filled the big space in front of them.
This morning most of the boats had gone before nine, including the happy boater behind us. Our plan today was to stop near Autherley Junction at Bridge 2 and get some fresh food at Morrisons which I did leaving Eric and Ben looking after the boat. Then it was a short trip to the stop lock and a left turn to take us on the Staffs and Worcs Canal towards Great Haywood. For some reason I look at this lock and get confused because the difference in water level is so small.
We moored up after Bridge 74 where someone had very kindly cut the grass for us in a section long enough for our boat. The vegetation on this canal seems to be very overgrown. Some sections of the Shroppie were very overgrown too while others were cut. Progress today has been slow with tick over past moored boats and so many anglers enjoying their Sunday's relaxation.The weather's been kind to us and we've enjoyed all the greenery and listening to the birds singing. We decided to stop early today as we'd got as far as we planned and we needed some Sunday afternoon relaxation too. Even Ben is having a snooze!