|Left onto the Coventry|
|Rape field on the left|
We did catch up with three boats, but luckily two pulled in to moor and left us following one. Unfortunately this one had the slowest helmsman in charge and it seemed to take forever to reach Fazeley. It was at this Junction we turned right onto the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. Our plan was to reach Kingsbury water park and then go to the Dog and Doublet for a birthday meal. (birthday not until Sunday) So we started our ascent up the Curdworth flight. Above lock ten two boats were heading our way so Ian left the gate open and walked ahead. I then gets it in the neck from a cruiser owner moored on the private moorings right by the lock about leaving gates open. Well I was incredulous and pointed to the two boats heading toward us. He scowled and said too many boaters leave gates open to which I replied, not this boat owner!! Anyway the first boat to pass us was none other than James and Debbie Nb Lois-Jane. Having said a quick hello I then had to contend with the second boat who refused to move over and consequently proceeded to push me ever nearer to the moored boats. I ended up in a right pickle, unfortunately scrapping along the side of a cruiser (which luckily had those massive balloon fenders) and then getting stuck because the pound was that low and was unable to pull back into the channel. Talk about miffed! I had words and said he hadn't tried hard enough to get me to crash into the boats. All I got was a silly grin and a shrug of the shoulders. The photo shows the moored boats, the cruiser with the blue fenders and the idiot on the lock landing.
Having to go up lock 9 because trying to moor only got me stuck again, another almost deserted mooring outside the pub saw us pull in and moor up. Of course the rings were in the wrong place for our length of boat and Ian had to resort to get the cladding pin in the piling under the water line. Hope the levels dont come up to much. Not sure then how he will remove it when we leave! With us not arriving until late afternoon the water park will have to wait until tomorrow. Weather doesn't look promising though!
And wildlife on route,
|Never seen this before.|