Wednesday, 28 March 2012

March 27th

Hard frost again this morning with thick mist which soon burned off to give a beautiful warm sunny day.
Quite a few boats on the move before us but we made good progress to Polesworth where we had to stop as we had a bag of rope and rag around the prop.
Second lock at Glascote seemed to take an age to fill but it gave June the opportunity to show two young girls how the locks worked.
At Fazely we saw Graham waving to us from the bridge. They had just arrived and moored around the corner so we motored round and turned at Peels Wharf and moored directly behind them opposite the BW Offices. Again there were only a few boats at Fazely.

Got the chairs out and sat on the bank to enjoy tea and biscuits in the sun.

Mark from Sandhills came over at lunchtime to repair the Shower pump and it turned out to be a sticking rubber valve, so nothing I could have done to cure it. Great service from Sandhills.

After lunch June and Carolann walked the ¾ mile to see Lottie’s new house and ended up in Marks and Spencers on the way back. New bag and sweater purchased!!
After dinner Andrew and Lottie came to see the boat and Carly.

March 28th

Another glorious day; topped up the water at Peels Wharf and headed off up the Birmingham and Fazely Canal. Several locks had been renewed last year so there was little water leakage on any of the 11 locks. Graham retrieved a fishermans rod from the opposite bank, what a good fellow.
Passed by the unusual bridge opposite Drayton Manor Park and the Aston Villa training ground with it tilling pitch.

Moored up at lunchtime for the day just passed Wiggins Hill Bridge, a great spot with lovely open country side with views to Sutton Coldfield Masts. Sat on the bank and enjoyed the wonderful sun.

Towpath was busy with cyclists and walkers but all very polite and friendly.

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