The Grand National happened to be on and this is one race I really dislike and almost never watch. It's over a 2.25mile course (two circuits) with 30 huge and challenging fences. Ian was glued to it whilst I was preparing dinner trying to block it from my mind. When Ian let out an exclamation and said a horse was down and not moving I was gutted. The horse in it's prime of life 'Up for Review' suffered fatal injuries jumping the first fence, totally needless, mindless and shocking! I sometimes wonder if making a horse tear around at breakneck speed just so punters who don't care a toss about the animal's welfare, who condone the use of whipping the horse to make it run faster and who just want to earn a quick buck, isn't just the worst barbaric behaviour ever! Anyway, before you all get on your high horse (see what I did there?) this is my opinion and mine alone and no doubt there are many of you that totally disagree with me and will let me know in no uncertain terms!.
So back to today. A very short journey for us as we only wanted to get to Alrewas. Leaving the moorings it was a right turn after the swing bridge and immediately in front was Junction lock. Unfortunately, a boat was descending in front so we knew all the remaining 4 locks would have to be turned.
|A very busy Fradley|
|The small tunnel on the exit of Keepers lock|
We could see a boat heading toward us on the final run toward Bagnall lock. With a boat moored on the offside, we slowed right down. That oncoming boat made no attempt to slow and the turbulence and waves it created caused us some difficulties in control but that moored boat bucked and swayed and well if I had been on board, some choice words would have had to be said!
|No attempt at slowing and notice no one on the stern. It was front driven.|
|Bagnall lock top|
|Oh 'eck. Why was this offside mooring allowed to stick so far out? It could so easily have been recessed.|
|This shows the narrowness of the channel because of that boat moored on the offside. Towpath side is 14-day mooring.|
Oh and one race I do enjoy watching, Oxford and Cambridge boat race. Well done the Cambridge girls and boys for their win.
And seen on the nature reserve,
|Great Spotted Woodpecker.|
|Female Tufted Duck|