Monday, 31 October 2011

On Wednesday we left Weston and headed for Shugborough as we wanted to go to the house, farm and gardens which we did on Thursday and had a good day looking around I took a few photo which are in an album below click the link https://picasaweb.google.com/100000107663759500230/ShugboroughHall?authuser=0&feat=directlink


Front view of the hall

Rear view of hall

Tina feeding the bull

Friday we set off again we headed for Rugeley for some shopping and bank when we got there it was very busy with boats, after we had done the shopping and got back to the boat everyone had gone we thought it was funny when a lady came up to us and told us a local rouge had moored up and if we wanted anything left on our boat roof it is best to move on so that is what we did. We carried on to the other side of Armitage tunnel and moor up
Saturday  23rd we headed for Fradley junction when we got to Wood end lock we had to queue up there were 6 boats in front of us very busy we also meet Nb Iola (who blogs as well)http://canalblog23.blogspot.com/  it was a nice day once we got down to Fradley were we  found a mooring
Sunday we stayed at Fradley it was a lovely sunny day

Sunrise over Fradley
 and lots of people about,
Monday we had our friend Nikki coming to see us for the night she got to us around 1.30pm so we decided to head for Alrewas

Nikki and Tina

and moor there the night we saw   Nb   Quidditch
Nb Quidditch


, on Tuesday we went down to the winding hole at Wychnor Bridges to turn round and head back to Fradley junction on way back I saw Nb Sanity Again http://nbsanity.blogspot.com/

 who also blogs no one was on board must have been shopping , on the way back Nikki was on the tiller and did a great job, we got back to Fradley junction and said our goodbyes, we also had an other visit and it was Tina’s dad from Spain he was over and her brother Phil and his boys had come up to see us which was great we had a good afternoon and a good snack in the Mucky duck ( the swan)www.theswanatfradley.co.uk   
Wednesday we left Fradley and heading down the Coventry canal we have twice been up it but never down so this time it looked different and also it was a lovely sunny day and with the leaves changing colour
now it does look so nice we headed for Hopwas as we know this is a good place to moor we passed lots of boat out today after mooring up I went and found some more wood to cut up we have got quite a lot now but not sure how cold it is going to get. Tomorrow looks like it is going to be wet so might go to Lichfield for a day out
woke up Thursday it was raining so we headed for Lichfield and went to see the Cathedral which is very good i have put a few photos in a album link below  

we had a good look round and then went to Chapters with is a restaurant and coffee shop which was very good value for money and part of the cathedral


Friday we set off again it was again a lovely sunny start  we headed for Alvecote on the way we pass a boat who sell stainless chimneys (Little chimney company) these are very well made , Kym makes them in his butty on the side of the cut. they are always around Alvecote and can  send them out to  07876654120 see they ad in towpath talk
while at Alvecote we saw a few of the old work boats

Australia and kangaroo

Jaguar

 The Samuel Barrow http://www.samuelbarlow.co.uk/

we left on Saturday the canal was very low water levels at the moment
went pass Grendon dock there are some old boats there


Antartic (should this have been Antarctic)

we head for bottom lock at Atherstone while heading there we went pass two other fellow boat bloggers


Sunday we went up the Atherstone flight of lock some pounds where very low once we got to the top lock we stopped for water and Tina did some shopping then we carried on a bit till just before Mancetter bridge we stopped here before it is a nice place to moor

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Wheelock to Weston upon Trent

We left our mooring at Crows nest after only going a few miles we stopped for water at Wheelock and looking round the corner thought it would be a good place to moor up after some lunch we had a walk around,

double locks at Wheellock

foot bridge with gap for rope to go through

Malkins bank boat yard

Malkins bank boat yard
 I found some wood that had been cut down so we stayed here Monday as well to cut and chop it up ready for the winter, Tuesday we went up the locks at Wheelock  it started to rain so once we had got to lock 57 we decided to moor up only doing 2mile but 10 locks these lock are paired locks but most of them only one side is working there is quite a lot of rope wear on the blocks and brickwork at one lock there was still the wooden roller which help the rope go round the corner of the lock

amazed how ropes cut this

wooden roller for ropes

Wednesday we headed for Church Lawson another 10 locks and 3.5 miles the weather was fine but it is getting colder in the air , Thursday we went a couple more locks and stopped for water and rubbish then went under the Macclesfield canal

going under Macclesfield canal

looking back at Macclesfield canal
then we moored up ready to do the Harecastle tunnel on Friday, I went down to the Tunnel portal to check out what to do  the tunnel is 2926 yards long and only one boat wide so there are BW staff at each end to direct you inside the tunnel are some fans so one end on the tunnel is shut when you are inside it , also I saw this old boat and wonder how it was going to get through the tunnel !!!!!

(it was towed )
 So on Friday we went for it and it was ok took us 40 mins to go through
just inside the tunnel

halfway looking back at the end

doors just open

entrance looks like a house


we carried on a little more and moored up next to a lake which was nice, as we sat this pair came pass
 


Saturday we went down through stoke on Trent pass a lot of the old and new pottery factory’s,
old brick kiln

Middleport Pottery

Middleport Pottery see the pots in the window

Middleport

front of Middleport pottery

brick kiln
 then we came to the Caldon canal junction



 and Etruria Museum then we went down a few locks pass stoke city football club,


 we went further down and moored just outside Wedgewood Factory,

Sunday we had a look around Wedgewood and had a walk up to Barlaston hall  then back to the boat .
Monday we went down to stone , at lock 29 there is a tunnel under the road and this was for the horses to go through while taking some photos I saw a little mouse.

look carefully you will see the mouse
Just round the corner there were quite a few old work boats some of which we have seen before



, then once we gone under bridge 94 there was a sculpture of Christina!!!
We moored up at bottom lock.
Tuesday we left stone in lovely sunny day not a cloud in the sky, we went down to Weston upon Trent which is a nice little village

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Ellesmere port to MIddlewich

Sunday we left Ellesmere Port and went back to were we moor up on Friday as there was some wood there and I could cut some up ready for the fire this winter
On Monday we headed for Chester as I had to pick up my phone from phone doctor, we went up the locks
see how the rope cut this stone

lock over full

 and moored up for shopping , after we carried on to The Cheshire cat and moor up outside.
Tuesday we left our mooring it was another lovely sunny day went under Egg bridge  (do not know why it is called that) at Waverton, we moored up near The Shady Oak pub which is right under Beeston castle in the afternoon we had a walk up to the castle which is quite high up but when we got to the main gates it was closed only open Thur to sun in the winter but it was a good day for a walk

beeston castle

looking up at castle
old crane and windmill


Wednesday it was a little windy when we left the mooring we had 4 lock and Bunbury staircase which again we did the Bunbury shuffle best way to save water and time
doing the shuffle

shuffle nearly done
After that we turn on to the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire union canal we went along this until we came to the first lock and as it was getting very windy we moored up, we stayed there on Thursday as well as it was a bit windy and raining .
Friday we left around 10am after waiting for the morning showers to blow over it was still quite windy but not as bad as yesterday , we went down two locks and did about 6 miles and moored up just before there was another down pour .
Saturday after watching the Rugby we set off ,the weather was not to bad light rain but no wind which was good we went down a couple of locks and moored up so Tina could run to shops when  she got back we had lunch and set off again down the last of the Middlewich branch then we turned right onto the Trent and Mersey canal , stopped at Kings lock for some fuel and then carried on we went through a few locks until we found a nice spot to moor up in the countryside .

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