A few more boat names .
Not a boat name but we saw this on the side of a boat .
Not a clue what this means.
No point in Rushin on a boat.
Well said Del Boy.
Just loved this one . Its me to a tee ……Cheers !
With Carolyn away back in Devon it seems that Hamish is missing her . Not only is he sat at the front door waiting for her to come back all and every day but he has decided that he wants to go out for his morning walk at 05.00 . Now I don't mind getting up that early if we are going to have a long days cruising but to take Hamish out for a walk at that time is just not on. The picture above is down on the river Trent looking East towards Burton.
Looking back towards the lock at Alrewas and although it is a bit early this has to be the best part of the day especially with the Sun coming up over the horizon. Thank you Hamish for getting me up .
This boat passed as I was sat on the back of Inca doing a bit of fishing and having the odd glass of wine . My first thoughts were that the invisible man was steering the boat, then I thought maybe the steerer had fallen off . Then I thought sod it and had another glass of wine or three.
I absolutely love the village of Alrewas and it’s still top of the list for my final resting place. I would love to buy a house here and rent it out until we retire from boating. The village has everything and the people that live here are so friendly. But I just cannot persuade Carolyn to do it as she thinks it is too far away from Devon. But at 3 1/2 hours I don't think it is that bad and I even said she can have a lovely
new car to do the journey in .
With Carolyn back from Devon we did a quick shop down in the village and did a rather large meat shop in Coates the Butchers which is the best Butchers by far that we have ever come across on the canal system. Ps If looks could kill ,all I said was just stand next to that car while I take a photo of you.
Again I am in my element as I just love rivers . Yet again Carolyn is telling me to stay well clear of the barriers on the right which are there to stop boats going over the weir. Unfortunately the river section is only about a mile long before we get back onto the Trent and Mersey canal
As I mentioned before we are looking for a possible Winter mooring for Inca and are now having a look around Barton Turns Marina. We had a very friendly welcome from the staff and had a walk around the shops.
With a house and a boat being very close they took it down very slowly just doing a small piece at a time. I don't know what these guys get paid but they are worth every penny they get. On the way past we got covered in sawdust which wasn't a problem as it just brushed off but the guy on the boat behind us took to social media kicking off big time about sawdust on his lovely highly polished boat ….you always get one idiot !
We then picked up this mooring at Branston water park . The reason for it’s name is that this was the home of the famous Branston pickle which was first made in 1920 here in the village of Branston near Burton upon Trent, by Crosse & Blackwell .In 2004 the pickle business was sold by Nestle to Premier Foods and production was moved to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. I do love a bit of Branston pickle especially with a ploughman's lunch. .
Tomorrow we will continue our journey towards the river Trent and stop and have a look around Mercia marina on the way.
We pulled pins from our mooring at 07.20 and started our cruise to Alrewas . With it being a beautiful morning and in no hurry we just plodded along at 1,000 revs. We were soon at Woodend lock which has been described by many as one of the most picturesque locks on the system . HS2 was meant to be coming right through here but I think it has now been diverted ,at least I hope it has.
Dropping down in to Fradley junction and it’s chaos as usual . What makes it so bad here is that for some bizarre reason Canal and River Trust have permanent moorings right below this lock on the left which always causes problems on this busy junction. It’s amazing how so many boaters loose their tempers when something like this happens. At the end of the day it’s just all a part of boating and you have to just get on with it and smile.
With the Coventry canal on the right we continue on down the locks towards Alrewas . Talking to the Lockie on the next lock down he was telling us about the moorings outside the pub and shop . It seems that they are now charging 60 pence per foot for the night to moor outside the pub/shop needless to say there’s a lot of bad feeling from boaters.
After using the services at Fradley we then managed to pick up this mooring on the 14 day ones in Alrewas . We need to spend a few days here so Carolyn can go back down to Devon so this will be just the ticket for me and Hamish.
Behind our mooring there is a sharp bend in the canal and the trees have been allowed to grow out in to the canal making it very difficult to get around . It’s even worse when two boats meet on the corner and crash in to each other like these did. Never mind it’s a bit free entertainment for us as we are sat on the towpath with a glass or three of the red stuff.