We enjoyed the peace and quiet of Tixall Wide, so went down to Great Haywood to use the water elsan and rubbish disposal and come back to moor up for another night there. I walked with Ben and stopped to chat to the crews of NB Blue Boar and NB Klara, I took ages so Eric went on without me. The crew of NB Klara are welsh from South Wakes.....so we had a great chat. Eric was already on the waterpoint filling up from the very slow tap.
I popped across to the Farm Shop for bread and milk and came back with some of their delicious strawberries and a bag of sticks. Eric was just finishing off putting the hosepipe away. Lots of chat at the waterpoint about the stoppage at Stone. One hireboater from the Macclesfield Canal was being transported back from Stone by minibus by their hire company as they couldn't get through the stoppage. We had an email telling us about the stoppage but no information yet about how long it was to be for. According to CaRT website it should be reopened on Monday.
We decided to retrace our journey on one of our favourite canals, the Shropshire Union Canal. We're hoping to get some jobs done on the boat like resealing the shower and painting the front deck of the boat. The gunnels need some TLC too before we get back to Whixall Marina. Let's hope we get some dry weather.