This canal didn't get any better as we travelled further along. Really knew we were back on the Tame Valley when the rubbish started building up the nearer the last 2 locks of the Perry Bar flight we got. In fact by lock 12, so much detritus had accumulated that Ian had to use our rake to remove as much as he could. Broke our rake in the process! Even so I decided to coast in, didn't want more rubbish round the prop again especially as Ian's fisherman's glove was still drying after yesterdays episode.
|Rake intact then....|
Then as the water was dropping a little fish got itself stuck on the gate. It was flapping away and making every effort to get back into the water. I shouted for Ian to grab the rake and save it's little life. Muttering away to himself he duly obliged 'cause he said he would never had heard the end of it if he hadn't!
Then under Spaghetti Junction we cruised at a steady 3.5mph, watching the speeding traffic overhead. I wonder how many vehicle owners knew they were passing over a canal where the pace was slow and sedate, but there again how many care!
|A splash of colour along a dismal canal|
|This at lock 8 Curdsworth flight.|
|First this Heron was mobbed by the gulls|
|Then it was the turn of the Avocet|
|Pheasants in abundance|
Plenty of bugs about but very little in the way of butterflies.