|View from Merlins stern this morning looking back at Stafford boat club.|
|Thats Mike with the old TV on the towpath.|
Barely15 minutes had passed which meant the holdup I had assumed didn't happen. What a star and a big thanks go to the staff of Anglo-Welsh. As Ian told Mike, it saved him from a continual earache with my moaning about not being able to watch my Christmas programs.
What I found bizarre about today was the pockets of mist lying across the canal in places. Must have hot spots otherwise why not along the whole stretch of water? Seemed to be at bridge 'oles and lock approaches.
Most of the journey to The Anchor at Slade Heath was uneventful. We watered up at Penkridge (surprising how much is used with three people on board) and onwards toward our destination. At Brick Kiln lock a notice was pinned to the top lock beam.
|Reckon a boat didnt stop in time or thought the gate was open.|
The last lock of the day was Gailey lock. Most of the Gailey boats were tucked up on their moorings narrowing the canal to a boat width only. This time of year the chances of meeting an oncoming boat is pretty slim and this we found to be the case. Another 40 minutes and we made it to the Anchor Inn (used to be the Fox and Anchor) where a decision was made to eat out. Ian walked to book a table only to be told the restaurant was full. But if we manage to find a table in the public bar area we were welcome to have a meal. With the time only 3.30pm this was a bit early so we are going to try for around 5ish and hope for the best. If not it will be me to cook again tonight!
Not much in the way of wildlife today. Did see a tree creeper but it must have been camera shy as it hopped around the trunk a bit sharpish. Only a squirrel posed for me.