Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The “couple of days” we were staying at Tixall Wide has stretched into a week. We’re in no hurry, and it’s a pleasant spot. The weather has been variable, with bright days followed by sharp frosts at night, then SNOW overnight on Saturday, leading into wet and windy weather Sunday and Monday. It’s settled down again now, with typical November temperatures and the odd light shower.

I took advantage of the fine weather at the end of the week to fit brass runners onto the underside of the rear slide. As built, it has hardwood strips running on brass on the cabin top, adequate but could be improved. With the brass/brass runners, the hatch is much easier to slide.

Here’s the hatch upside down on the cabin top, ready to go back on.
On Saturday morning, before the weather turned, we made a trip down to the junction for water and rubbish disposal. Also picked up half a dozen bags of smokeless from Anglo-Welsh, before turning around and returning the mile back to where we were moored. A-W haven’t many boats out at this time of year.

Great Haywood is a handy spot, with a PO, and a Spar shop, incorporating a butcher. Got a nice piece of topside for Sunday lunch. His pork pies are good as well. There’s also a pet shop, and I picked up a new bed for Meg. Bruno’s old one was too big for her, taking up unnecessary floor space. She fits the new one beautifully!

Meg’s new bed.
So we set off today, down to the junction and the services again, before dropping down through Haywood Lock and mooring just below for a last trip to the shops. This lock is scheduled for gate replacement in January.

Haywood Lock

After shopping we carried on to Colwich lock, then another mile or so before mooring near bridge 69. We’ve stayed here before. Tomorrow we’re going to stop in Rugeley for a visit to Morrisons and some Christmas shopping before carrying on towards Fadley. That’s why we’ve stopped here. We’re about an hour from the moorings in the middle of the town.
We had a bit of drizzle first thing, but it faired up and stayed dry for the rest of the day.

Saw my first Tufted Duck in Great Haywood

And another first – mobile loo tank emptying!

Locks 2, miles 3.

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