Yes...at last...warmer weather. Okay it still wasn't brilliant but oh so nice to be able to set off without dressing to the nines in thick coats, gloves, scarves etc. We just about beat the threatening rain as we pulled into a mooring above Wardle lock. Then as the drizzle started it was a hasty trip to Lidl and the tackle shop but we were not quick enough to return before the drizzle turned into a downpour. So instead of leaving as we had planned after the shop, we stayed until mid afternoon. As soon as the sun put in an appearance it seemed every man and his dog decided to leave at the same time.
We got to Wardle lock first but then, once through the junction, reversed FS to Kings Lock Chandlers for diesel. At 57p it was the cheapest we have seen for a while. Unfortunately the diesel hose wasn't long enough to reach FS's stern so the bow had to stick out beyond the bow of a moored boat. With two locks being in use (Wardle from the Shropshire and Kings lock on the T&M) I had great difficulty keeping our bow from rubbing the other boat. Hmm, now have some idea of the term being stretched on the rack as a form of torture. We also bought another bag of coal. Well after all, one cant rely on the weather staying mild even in May.
|Kings lock and Chandlers|
|Wardle lock through the bridge 'ole|
Having boats coming out of the junction going up the T&M and boats heading down the locks on the T&M we had a bit of a delay to the journey. Mind you nothing compared to those waiting below lock 74. Boats going in all directions and don't envy that wait from the last boat.
|A lock keeper helped us on our way and warned me how many were on their way up.|
|Someone has a sense of humour.|
|Fabulous use of a tree stump|
|Last nights mooring|
|Not sure what these flowers are but they seem to be everywhere|
|Somehow I think these yellow ducklings have a different dad.|
|At Bumble Cuttings a Grebe|
|Tree Creeper seen an a bridge 'ole.|