Birmingham Main line forks at Smethick Junction, right for the Wolverhampton Level, which we could have taken to Tipton, or straight on which we thought was a quicker route. Three locks would have to be negotiated whichever way we went but we chose to turn left off the Main Line onto the Gower Branch and do the one single and two staircase Brades locks instead.
|Wolverhampton Level to the right. We carried straight on|
|Smethwick pumping station and museum|
|At Bromford Junction, Spon Lane locks are to the left. Main line to the right.|
|Gower Branch off to the left before the island|
Having had lunch and walked into Tipton to do a spot of shopping, we opened up to discover we had a stowaway. How it got there I haven't a clue as this particular Weevil is a pest to conifers such as Pine and Spruce. Maybe it jumped on board as we brushed past some bushes. Anyway it offered me a great opportunity for a photo or two.
|hylobius piceus or Conifer Weevil|
|Look at the size of it! Bigger than part of the hinge.|
Jo and Keith came for a visit later, another coffee and plenty of natter. I was worried that they may get cold as we had to let the stove go out due to smoke blow back through the door. After they left Ian gave a chimney a good sweep, lit the fire and..........blooming 'eck even more smoke pouring in. We had both smoke alarms bleeping away and then the carbon monoxide alarm got going. We have no idea why this is happening. Needless to say out came the water spray and the fire was doused pretty quickly. So no heating tonight for us other than the diesel heater. Still we are off to the pub later with some of the other boaters moored. At least that will warm us up!!!
And a few photos from the journey.
|These Geese appeared to be together. One Grey Legged and a Canada Goose.|
|What a place to build a nest. Will you look at all that rubbish|