Saturday, April 16, 2016

Making up for yesterday…

Our long day yesterday was balanced by a short one today. Although the trip would be a normal one by the standards we usually apply. It’s just that we seem to be going further than normal at the moment.
The predicted thundery showers haven’t materialised, in fact it’s been a fine day, sunny for the most part, although cool.

Away from Great Haywood this morning
That’s Shugborough Hall on the left.

Colwich Lock is always a bottleneck. Boats leaving Great Haywood in the morning finish up queueing here, and today was no exception. but there was only one in front of us so it wasn’t so bad.

One down, one up then it’s our turn.

Bishton Hall is over to the left, looking out over the Trent valley towards Cannock ChaseIMG_9278
The Grade II listed building was built around the middle of the 18th Century, it’s now a public school with riding stables.

Looking back at The Chase

Taft Wharf, where we often stop, was busy today. Diesel is a very reasonable 55p, and it looks like they’ve started to sell coal here now.IMG_9282

We used to know it as the pig farm moorings…

Enjoying the sunshine…
Make the most of it, Larry!

The canal crosses the Trent just before Rugeley. After the rain we’ve been having the river is up.

We continued on into the town, mooring just past Bridge 66. Trips to Tesco and a bike shop have taken up most of the afternoon.

Hi, Nick and Fiona. Keep well, keep reading!
Chas, Ann - hey that’d be great! It’s going to be another couple of weeks for us, though.

Locks 1, miles 4½. I told you it was a short day! 

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