Our plan was to head off to Worcester today, but as we didn't want to arrive until Tuesday of next week and because we badly needed water ( remember top boxes in well deck!) and also to empty both cassettes, we turned the boat and set off towards Stoke Prior where we knew the facility block was at Stoke bottom lock next to Black Prince boat yard. We had to do all 6 Astwood locks again and while waiting for Ian to set one of the locks, I was lucky enough to capture, not only a Buzzard in flight, but a Kestrel as well.
We are now moored below lock 18 at a lovely rural spot, with the only sounds around coming from the bleating sheep, song birds and the occasional train going past. For the first time in ages we have sat outside making the most of the sunshine, sipping beer and just chilling out. Its all change tomorrow as rain is expected again so we may have to batten down the hatches if the BBC weather forecasters are right.
|Balloon arrived in the late evening.|