What a wonderful autumnal start to the day, how can you not love these magical canal mornings.
And everyone who greeted us today all said the same thing, so nice to see the sun at last.
Just as we untied a Kingfisher flew past and landed on the concrete blocks by the lock. In my haste to get a photo FS nearly ended up on the offside, the bow had already been pushed away by Ian and I completely forgot FS was already in gear! Managed one photo before Ian had to grab the tiler and rescue the situation.
|Bit blurry, a touch of camera shake in my excitement, shame we weren't still moored.|
|My excuse this time for the awful photo was operator error. I had the wrong settings on the camera so the ISO was way up in the 3500 hence the 'photo noise'|
|Hoo Mill lock without any queues (for a change)|
After a quick stop at the facilities, the right-hander at the junction was done with ease. Not always the case as the wind can be a right pig blowing out from the Staffs and Worcs.
|Onto the Staffs and Worcs canal. Anglo-Welsh with its hire boats on the right.|
|First of the locks (Tixal) on Staffordshire and Worcester canal|
Nearing Stafford Boat club I noticed work starting on the offside. It is all to do with Stafford Riverway Link Restoration has started to join the Staffs and Worcs to the town of Stafford via a lock down onto the River Sow. Click the link above to read all about it. It appears that the main sponsors are Stafford Boat Club.
Ascending Debtmore lock we stopped. Clouds were gathering, skies looked ominous and we didn't need to go much further.
|From blue skies|
And wildlife today,