|On the Stratford someone has made these hearts and|
has attached them to many locks
|A lovely spot on the Lapworth flight|
|At work on my birthday|
|Our Hockley Heath mooring|
|Rounding ?! Kings Norton junction|
|At work in the weed hatch|
|BMX Championship course. I understand it took over 7000 tons of material|
|Moored alongside the NIA|
Sunday 27th and another scorching day. Last evening I was reading the latest Towpath Talk and read about an arson attack on a boat in the yard on the offside just above the Factory Locks, all that was left is the charred remains in my photo. I don't think we would have moored here if we had known, as it was we had a lovely quiet night.
|Arson near our moorings|
I walked to get papers, but HORROR.....no Times available! Never mind, we set off about 9.30 and cruised for around 4 miles through surprisingly lovely surroundings and meeting 2 boats. It clearly used to be heavily industrialised, with many steel works, but now they ave nearly all been cleared and many housing estates and retail parks.
|An old overhead crane, derelict.|
About half a mile before the junction with the Curly Whurly we tied up for lunch & the Monaco GP.
Away at 3, only one boat had passed us while moored, but exactly as we reached Horseley Fields Junction a BW tug with a work boat in tow emerged, incredible timing!
|The work party allowed us past first|
A short while later we arrived at Wolverhampton Top Lock.......just as a boat was entering the flight! We had never done this flight before and it really was pleasant, though of course every paddle has to be locked with the Watermate key. We were glad to complete the flight of 21 locks on this warm day, turning into the Shroppie and tying up for the night at around 7.
Our week totted up 44 miles and 45 locks. Now we are off to Chester for the Jubilee Weekend.