|Should I really be down here?|
It's only 5 mls down the canal from Great Haywood but then we had to go another 3 mls through a lock to a winding hole, to turn the boat around. Back at the lock after winding Swamp Frogs 2 working boats arrived just after as we had a bit of a wait.....we said that they could go through before us as we were in no rush at all. Lorna, one of the 2 working women was telling us that her family have been on the cut since 1795 WOW!! and that she has records going back that far to prove it! She also said that she was the first generation in her family to be born "on the bank" (This is the term that us boaters use for you guys that live in houses)
They showed their thanks by chucking a bag of coal on the ground and wished us well on or travels how nice was that eh? So, so different than being in a car!
We moored up just after Deptmore lock and stayed here a couple of days as it was such a beautiful spot. Lovely garden and loads of animals to see.
|What a bunch of posers eh?|
|The posing cows!|
|Sparrow Hawk flying around all the time......|
|.....as was this Buzzard!|
|Suzie captured this........|
.....what a great photo!
|CaRT mending some fencing|
|Poor guys from CaRT couldn't get back on hehe....|
|Talk about protecting the young!|
|Patiently waiting for his tea!|
|Lonely horse on a hill.|
We left Stafford and while cruising back to Great Haywood we passed NB Herbie We don't know them but seem nice people.
We also passed this........all a bit sad.......
|Another one bites the dust!|
We stopped at the junction for fuel and to visit the farm shop across the road. Fuelled and stocked up we carried on and are currently moored just outside of Stone where we passed NB Shoehorn which we've seen many times but yet to stop and have a drink together......it will come. Within 15 mins of mooring Suzie tells me to come out as a bloke was in a right pickle, so out I go.....he is trying to moor a 70' Trad and having all sorts of problems and ended up at one stage 90 degrees to the canal......(hmmmm......been there and done it myself) 30mins later he is all moored up and very grateful..........I've helped 2 boaters in 2 days.......So am I nearly a proper boater?......No by a long way! I have many years to go yet and so much more to learn!
We are still hoping to catch up with Fred and Lisa owners of NB Chyandour for a drink after the week-end, it may mean us deviating up the Caldon Canal but hey........what's the rush?
Take care people.....
Since the last blog we've done 26 miles, 10 locks.
This gives a grand total of 172 miles 100 yards, 104 locks and 6 tunnels (tunnels over 1000yds only).