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Penkridge Bound

Thursday 2nd August

After a peaceful night at Wolseley Bridge we breakfasted on Staffordshire Oatcakes (courtesy of Morrisons at Rugeley) filled with chopped bacon, mushroom & scrambled egg before setting off at 10:30 am.

We paused before Great Haywood lock to post a package at the post office and saw Jason from our old mooring go past, we had a chat at the lock, then  after lunch we followed him through Great Haywood Junction and onto the Staffordshire & Worcester canal and through Tixall Wide (header photo). After Tixall lock we pressed on as far as Stafford and moored at Radley Bank.

Later we visited Radley Bank Inn and had a drink while tea was in the oven and brought back a takeaway portion of chips to have with our pies. Later we tried sweet oatcakes filled with foraged blackberries & apple, topped with cream!

Friday 3rd August

We were up and off just before 9:00 am this morning and twenty minutes later we were passing Stafford Boat Club and shortly afterwards we were at Deptmore Lock  which is a 10′ 3″ rise not quite rivalling Somerton Deep lock at 12′ and far easier to operate.

Next we passed through the neatly manicured village of Acton Trussell and were pleased to see nb Lady Wren looking far smarter than when we passed in 2010 when she was overgrown with brambles.

Four more locks today in the next 4 miles, passing Midland Chandlers at Park Gate Lock it was good to see Bourne Boatbuilders looking busy at Teddesley Basin.

We moored at the Visitor Moorings above Penkridge Lock just before noon and called it a day.

… and they’re off!

There’s a Wrens-Nest shaped space at King’s Bromley Marina as we are off on our travels again. Our plans to head north to the Macclesfield Canal have been scuppered due to lack of water leading to lock closures, so we are headed kind-of-north towards Great Haywood to start with.

We started off in a leisurely manner just before 10 and in about an hour we were passing The Plum Pudding, an Italian restaurant/pub.

Joy had to hop off here and scout out ahead to see if the Armitage Tunnel was clear, a phone call from her told me it was so off I went and picked her up again at the other end [how did we manage before mobile phones?].  When we  reached Rugeley a boat was just moving off the visitor moorings so we smartly took their place and visited the nearby Tesco’s for a few last minute items then we had lunch before getting under way again at 2 pm.

A short 45 minute cruise took us to Taft Wharf where we took on 100 litres of fuel from the fuel boat Dexta. Just past the bridge I spotted this Showman’s Living Van languishing in a field.

Just another few minutes and we were moored for an early finish at Wolseley Bridge near this horse in amongst a fine crop of nettles.

Joy has made a mousaka for tea and we seem to have internet, phone & TV signal… Result!