|New fashion in boaters wear!|
|The Erewash mob. Heather looking out of our cratch. Then there was Dave, Michael, Marleen, Malc, Jackie, John, Gillian, Margaret, Dennis, Ian, me and finally Carole.|
|Talk about everyone rushing to undo the ropes. As Electra was on the outside she had to be away first.|
|Looking back. Lots of boats setting off. Luckily for us, all heading back toward the Wolverhampton 21|
First part of the cruise was up the Anglesey Branch to the Chasewater Reservoir. First stop before we reached the junction, and one that was very necessary after being without water and elsan since last Wednesday, was the facility stop and Tesco shop at Brownhills.
|Brownhills facility block|
With us being last boat in the convoy we happened to be the first boat away and reached the dam of the reservoir first. My only criticism to a lovely spot is the lack of moorings. 3 boats can moor, 2 easily and one next to the bank. Any others have to take pot luck if they can get into the side.
|Two good moorings with rings on the hard standing. We got in behind the cruiser.|
|Chasewater reservoir feeds all of the BCN|
|No moorings to be had round the outside.|
|All our mob arrived.|
We had already walked up to the reservoir before the other boats arrived, and Dave on Bracken had second thoughts about walking up to the top, he winded and headed out, then Aroma with John followed and we made up the rear. This left Elecrtra and Icing to take our place to have a wander up to the reservoir.
|This sign is opposite Catshill Junction onto the Daw End Branch of the Curly Wurly|
Our journey continued along the curly wurly and Michael had left instructions to moor by the Manor pub on the Daw End branch of the Wyrley and Essington. I can see why not many boaters venture along this section. It is greatly in need of dredging. Hard going is the only way I can explain the trip to the pub. No point in trying to go any faster then 1000rpm because we were scraping bottom nearly all the way. I did notice loads of purple orchids growing along the towpath. Probably able to survive because not many walkers or cyclist were present.
|Ian spent a good 15 minutes removing this hessian sack from the prop.|
|A bit of tree pruning at the Manor moorings|
|Moored at The Manor Pub. Icing, Free Spirit, Bracken, Aroma and Electra.|
|Morehen Chick having a wash and brush up|
|Blue Tit by the Fingerpost Bridge at Pelsall. Its nest was in a mortar crack.|