Some more amusing boat names .
We pulled pins from our mooring at 09.10 and started our cruise to Hopwas and then onto the shopping moorings near Tamworth to re stock the boat with essential supplies.
Stopping off at the huge retail park before Fazeley junction I was well pleased to see that the 25% off 6 bottles of wine was running again at Sainsbury's. Needless to say I bought a lot more than 6 bottles . Just the ticket.
Approaching Fazeley junction and it’s right to Birmingham and left to Tamworth and the South . We turned left.
We passed this boat as we cruised through Tamworth . It was our friends Ray and Diane's boat until they recently sold it. I always liked the old tractor seats on the back and they are very comfortable to sit on.
All the way down the Coventry canal we have observed these yellow painted dots on both sides of every bridge on the towpath side. I did wonder if it was luminous paint to stop people bumping in to the bridge at night.
This was a first for us at the Atherstone flight of locks . With a good crew of Volunteers on duty we had help up the last 6 locks . There was even one lockie cutting grass with a push mower.
Atherstone top lock looking good as always and a credit to the volunteer lockkeepers that tend it.
Not a lot of progress here on the new development of the old Wilson and Stafford hat factory at Atherstone.
Anyone want a windmill ? . We had intended to moor at the top of the locks and have a Fish supper from the chippie there but unfortunately all the moorings were full so we carried on and picked up a mooring for the night at Mancetter.
PS .You may be wondering what the UFO in the title is all about ? If you are easily offended please do not scroll down any further . I wasn't sure if I should put this on the blog but several of our friends have said do it for a laugh.
A bit further.
We thought we had seen everything we could have possibly seen as we have cruised for nearly 5 years on the Inland Canals and Rivers of the UK . But can you imagine what we thought when we saw this going floating by as we headed down the Coventry Canal. Of course with me being as pure as the driven snow I just haven't a clue what it is. If anyone has lost this item and is wondering where it is we last saw it buzzing its way towards the village of Hopwas.
Leaving Alrewas we made the short hop to Fradley junction where we stopped for a walk around . Its not a place we ever seem to spend much time in as it’s more of a tourist attraction with hundreds of people milling around on a sunny day.
We did spot this old car parked next to the pub at the junction.
Walking around the lake we did a bit of Sticking. We collect bags of dead fallen sticks/twigs and use them as Kindling to light the fire. Believe it or not I've actually seen some Boaters buying Kindling.
After a good walk around Fradley junction we pulled ropes from around bollards and headed up the last lock before the junction where we turned left onto The Coventry canal.
Passing Streethay wharf and its always a busy place with loads going on .
I bet all the other Horses are so jealous of the one with a multi-coloured coat. Carolyn said she thought he might be called Joseph.
One of the best weather vanes we have seen which just happened to be on top of an old farm house.
We moored up just before Hopwas and were soon joined by friends Tony and Jacqui on NB Timewarp who sell the brightest tiller pins and the tastiest fudge on the whole of the canal system.. Having not seen them for sometime it was good to have a catch up. We will spend a short time here before continuing our journey South.
With Carolyn back in Devon for a couple of days me and the Lad Hamish have spent hours walking around the local area. The picture above is the lock landing to get off the river Trent and back onto the canal at Alrewas . Strange how an idiot angler should set up right in the middle of the landing . He even has his wife with him who is happily knitting away.
What a lovely looking Swan and how lucky was I to get that reflection .
I do need to get myself a book on Fungi especially one which tells me the safe ones to eat.We often find field Mushrooms which we pick and eat and they taste so much better than shop bought ones. These in the picture above look like they would be delicious but I don't think I could take a chance on eating them without knowing exactly what they are .
These look like they would be alright as well . No doubt someone out there that knows about them would tell me that I would be 6 feet under if I was to eat them.
With Carolyn back tomorrow we will stock Inca up from the village shops and continue our way down South for the Winter.