We pulled pins from our mooring at 09.10 and started our cruise to Hopwas and then onto the shopping moorings near Tamworth to re stock the boat with essential supplies.
Stopping off at the huge retail park before Fazeley junction I was well pleased to see that the 25% off 6 bottles of wine was running again at Sainsbury's. Needless to say I bought a lot more than 6 bottles . Just the ticket.
Approaching Fazeley junction and it’s right to Birmingham and left to Tamworth and the South . We turned left.
We passed this boat as we cruised through Tamworth . It was our friends Ray and Diane's boat until they recently sold it. I always liked the old tractor seats on the back and they are very comfortable to sit on.
All the way down the Coventry canal we have observed these yellow painted dots on both sides of every bridge on the towpath side. I did wonder if it was luminous paint to stop people bumping in to the bridge at night.
This was a first for us at the Atherstone flight of locks . With a good crew of Volunteers on duty we had help up the last 6 locks . There was even one lockie cutting grass with a push mower.
Atherstone top lock looking good as always and a credit to the volunteer lockkeepers that tend it.
Not a lot of progress here on the new development of the old Wilson and Stafford hat factory at Atherstone.
Anyone want a windmill ? . We had intended to moor at the top of the locks and have a Fish supper from the chippie there but unfortunately all the moorings were full so we carried on and picked up a mooring for the night at Mancetter.
PS .You may be wondering what the UFO in the title is all about ? If you are easily offended please do not scroll down any further . I wasn't sure if I should put this on the blog but several of our friends have said do it for a laugh.
A bit further.
We thought we had seen everything we could have possibly seen as we have cruised for nearly 5 years on the Inland Canals and Rivers of the UK . But can you imagine what we thought when we saw this going floating by as we headed down the Coventry Canal. Of course with me being as pure as the driven snow I just haven't a clue what it is. If anyone has lost this item and is wondering where it is we last saw it buzzing its way towards the village of Hopwas.