This morning we walked around to the Wolseley Garden Centre which has now been taken over by Wyevale and is no longer the interesting place it was and is not really worth visiting. The only good thing was that a cup of coffee was only £1 before 10.00 am. So we went back to the boat and decided to reverse the 1/2 mile back down to Diesel Boat Dexta at bridge 69. We had some unusual looks and comments as we travelled backwards but were soon there and filled with fuel at 65p/ltr. The farm has some lovely Gloucester Old Spot pigs and piglets as well as a range of sheep and chickens adjacent to Dexta.
We were soon on our way, this time in the right direction, and motoring through the delightful village of Little Haywood with its nice houses on the canal bank and glorious views across to Cannock Chase.
The Bluebells are bursting forth all along the canal and this clump was in one of the gardens.
Colwich Lock is in the middle of the village followed by the main rail line over which a long freight train passed as we went under.
We moored up adjacent to fields and the river with delightful countryside views and Shugborough Hall.
After lunch we walked into the village of Great Haywood for the paper and then on to the Canalside Farm Shop and new Cafe (opened July2014) with a terrace facing onto the canal.
We walked back over the Junction bridge and sat and enjoyed a magnum ice cream in the glorious sunshine next to Haywood Lock.
The rest of the afternoon we pottered about and then enjoyed the late evening sunshine.