After a great few days at Alrewas it was time to move on again . We pulled ropes through rings at 09.45 and were surprised a to see a boat waving at us from one of the locks before Fradley junction . As we got closer we realised that it was friends Ray and Diane on Nb Ferndale. We stopped and had a chat before saying goodbye . Why is it we always seem to pass friends on the move and never seem to have time to stop and have a good catch-up.
After a couple of hours we filled with water and picked up a mooring outside of the nature reserve at Fradley junction and then had a walk around it . Canal and River Trust have been criticised for the many stupid signs they have been putting up everywhere ,but at least this one makes some sense.
After a night at Fradley we had a call from number one Granddaughter Curly (Abbie) to say that she was coming up for Easter early and could we please turn around and head back to Alrewas as it is her favourite place on the canal system . So it meant us going up the lock before the junction and then winding (turning around) and heading back to Alrewas.
The following day Ray and Diane invited Carolyn to join them for a day out in Lichfield. Needless to say she jumped at the chance and by all accounts had a great day out. They returned later in the sfternoon and with the Sun out there was only one thing to do . This is the first time that we have sat out on the Towpath this year. This is what makes a long Winter on a Narrowboat all worth while,sat out enjoying the Spring weather with friends