Only locks today were Glascote. For once no queue and I had almost placed the windlass on the winding gear when I realised a boat was about to enter the bottom lock. I suppose I could have filled the top lock for us to enter but to conserve water had been drummed into us from the very start of our cruising life and we had always been told if the lock is in the other boats favour than we must wait. But I had forgotten the Tale of the leaky lock and that boat took forever to come up. Oh well, it meant I had time to get my cake out of the oven before it burnt.
At Fazeley Junction, it was a right turn onto the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, sailed past the facilities which I'm lead to believe will be closing soon (the marina towards Birmingham is to be used instead) and onwards towards Hopwas.
Standing there chatting (as you do) some information was given to us by Kym about those private moorings at Pooley Country Park. HS2 will be following the line of the M42 and those moorings are in the way of the development so they have to go. Also, a huge housing estate is being built at the back of the cafe in Fradley, and.....(worst of all) Glascote locks may be closed from 6.30pm every evening because those living in the new flats overlooking the locks are complaining of noise!!!!!!! If C&RT give in to that well shame on them. Those locks were there long before the new flats were built.
We didn't travel much further as time was by now 13.30 and having already done 4 hours, quite long enough. A length of piled edge moorings in the open and around the next bend seemed the ideal place to stop. Slightly nearer to the railway than we would have liked but lovely and rural nonetheless.
And wildlife, it's all about squirrels.