|Not what we expected but it's still the first!|
|Couldn't spot a notice on the boat?|
With Swamp Frogs re-stocked with the essentials we head of early the next morning and take a slow cruise to a place called Hopwas and moor between 2 Canal side pubs.....The Tame Otter and The Red Lion. We take a walk through the village (10mins) and just enjoy the rest of the day sat on the boat chatting to passers by....it is so nice that people seem to have the time to stop and chat whilst walking the towpath, so different from any High Street in any Town. I mean, one woamn even said "if you need anything, a shower, need the washing machine, anything at all just come and knock my back door".....we could tell that she was sincere in the offer....how nice eh? can you imagine saying that to a stranger parked outside your front door????.....No, it just wouldn't happen!
Early next morning we are up and ready to set off. It would appear we are not the only ones to make early starts. Graham and Liz from NB Down to Earth slowly make there way past us around 06:00 whist we have a cuppa before setting off around 06:30 ish. It is the best time to travel as we are both early riser's and it just makes sense to us, it's quieter for a start and wherever you are heading for, people have left so it's easier to find a mooring in popular places.
We arrive at Fradley Junction and moor up and spend the day/night here....we had planned to carry on but it was so nice we called it a day so we could explore.
|The Swan Inn as it is today|
|The Swan Inn from over 50yrs ago|
|It's not just roads that need|
|Fradley Junction map.|
|Suzie is looking for the alleged penguins|
|Well spotted......these are RARE!|
|You have to see these to believe it!|
|Hmmm.......not sure what to say?|
|Who is following who?|
|Not a lot of room|
|Our first "proper" aqueduct.|
|A Buzzard just taking off!|
|Our garden for today.|
Fred and Lisa, who we met over a year ago and own NB Chyandour are not too far away and we hope to meet up with them before we both take different routes off the Trent and Mersey.........
.......Till next time!
Since the last blog we've done 26 miles, 7 locks.
This gives a grand total of 146 miles 100 yards, 94 locks and 6 tunnels (tunnels over 1000yds only).