Still, it’s been another bright sunny day, but pretty cold.
We pulled pins at around 11:00, and motored the short distance to Bratch Locks.
The locks have come regularly today as we drop down to the Stour valley. Bumblehole was next, followed by a shop-stop near Bridge 43. Then out of Wombourne’s built up area to the staircase locks at Botterham.
Just a little further on there are 2 locks taking the canal down past the village of Swindon. We’d got into the routine of the first arrival setting the lock up, ready for second boat to go straight in and down. This way we leapfrogged down to Greensforge, taking turns on ice-breaking duty.
The very low temperatures made some interesting ice sculptures last night.
We’d intended to stop above Hinksford Lock, it’s a pleasant open mooring with good TV reception. But with the temperature forecast to drop to -4º tonight, and both boats needing water, we chose to push on to the sani-station at Greensforge.
We filled and emptied, but there was no space to moor above the lock. We dropped down and moored on the VM below, a splendid place if you like trees….
With a bit of perseverance I managed to get an analogue!! signal for the TV, so Mags can get her soap fix. George and Carol’s super-duper self-seeking satellite gizmo picked up a signal straight away!
Locks 10, miles 4.