Well, the weatherman was right today; pretty much wall-to-wall sunshine since sunrise. I woke at half-five, dozed for a bit then decided to go for a run, such a shame to waste a glorious morning. I did the 3 miles to Stone and back, and ran into (nearly literally) a group of Environment Agency bods around Meaford Top Lock. But I didn’t quiz them at the time…
Last night, with the side hatch open on the water side, I was entertained by the varied repertoire of a thrush high in a tree opposite.
Back at the boat this morning I showered, dressed and took Meg for a walk before we got away at around 10:00.
Leaving our overnight mooring near Wedgwood
A large family lurking near the boats at Barlaston
Approaching Meaford we started to notice several dead fish floating belly-up, obviously the reason for the Environment Agency presence.
Testing water samples
I shouted across to them, and it turns out that the fish had suffocated, a lack of oxygen in the water.
Further on pumps were circulating water with the addition of a dilute Hydrogen Peroxide solution to replace the lost oxygen.
The local anglers will be a bit miffed, they’ve lost some big fish.
Given the all-clear to proceed,we followed a boat down the four Meaford Locks, meeting up-coming boats on all but one.
Mags enjoying the cool in a lock chamber
The bottom lock had a leak, just in the right place to wet the doormat…
This is why we don’t have the side hatches open when locking! Squirts of water from lock walls as voids behind the masonry drain are known, somewhat inelegantly, as “pissers”. Appropriate, though.
We decided not to pull into Stone itself, instead mooring on the straight below the locks just to the north.
I unhooked John Sage from the rack on the stern and cycled into town to get some salad stuff for tea.
Shopping done I went looking for Roger and Pip on NB Windsong, found the boat but no crew, they must have been in the town. Maybe catch up tomorrow.
Hey Tom. Thanks for the suggestion. Do you know, off the top of your head, the standard Chinese brick size during the Chin Dynasty?
Chas and Ann, missing you out on the water too.
Locks 4, miles 3