After spending a pleasant weekend at Great Haywood, it was time to move on this morning. Well, it was nearer mid-day before we actually got going, with shopping and a second visit to the Post Office for mail. This second package contained a new phone, one of those new-fangled touch screen smart phones. Just got to work out how to use it, now. I think the major problem is going to be finding it. It’s not much bigger than a box of Swan matches!
Xperia X10 Mini
We needed a fill of diesel, so pulled over onto Anglo-Welsh’s wharf alongside the junction, then, filled and emptied, we backed up and ducked under the bridge onto the Staffs and Worcs again.
Back onto the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal.
Most of the hire fleet seem to be here at the moment.
And over the River Trent for the last time for a while.
Still burning wood, then…..
Smokey, but it does smell good.
We’d decided to moor just above Tixall Lock, a good place to access footpaths leading up onto Cannock Chase. That’s mine and Meg’s exercise sorted for tomorrow.
Up Tixall Lock
The lock cottage here is beautifully kept.
We’ve had a few bright spells today, but the sky darkened later and we had a couple of showers. The weather is due to change, according to the forecast. The relatively mild, damp conditions we’ve got now are going to be replaced by clear cold weather, driven by a north-easterly. Snow is expected on the east coast, but we’ll probably get away with it here in the Midlands.
Locks 1, miles 1½