We had to be here today, we’ve a Tesco delivery coming tomorrow.
Another suitable spot for a delivery – if it wasn’t for the height barrier.
It’s been cooler today, more cloud than sun and that pesky west wind was still with us. It’s dropped now, so it feels quite a bit warmer.
The canal does a loop towards Congerstone, but doesn’t quite make it. Not to avoid the village (although the Nicholson Guide describes it as a “scattered village of small interest”), but to stay on the 300 foot contour. There are some good stretches for mooring along here.
The vegi-trimmers have been busy along the canal. Not only have they levelled the hedges off, they’ve cut the top of the reeds that fringe the canal. The cut ends have finished up in the canal, creating rafts of vegetation on sheltered corners.
They don’t clog the propeller, but gather round the bow. After passing one it’s wise to stop and reverse a couple of yards to leave the V shaped mat behind, else it’ll just get bigger and bigger.
Near Sutton Wharf we passed the steam-driven narrowboat Tixall.
Nothing much seems to have changed on the 48 hour moorings nearest to Stoke Golding. Most of the same boats are there since we went up the canal.
So long as the combined length doesn’t exceed 70 feet (and the appropriate licence fee is paid) the “tender” doesn’t need a separate licence.
A mile further on and we moored up just beyond Basin Bridge. We’ve tied up on the offside tonight, to make sure we’re handy for the delivery tomorrow. The road is just a few yards away and there’s a handy pull-in.
Locks 0, miles 12½