First things first, coal from the merchant up the bank. 25kg of Taybrite £9.15. I carried it back to the boat and got told off for getting my coat dirty. Hey ho!
It started raining early today and didn't stop until we were moored at Cuckoo Wharf. Indeed, down the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal we had ice, not sleet or snow, or hail, but ice crystals falling with rain. I suppose you could call it rice. At least it was mainly light rain. The frustrating thing was, there was blue sky nearly all round, but we had to be under the cloud which was precipitating.
Drayton Foot Bridge. Must be one of the most photographed bridges on the cut.
Locks 8 & 9 on the Curdworth Flight were very difficult. The bottom gate on Lock 9 wouldn't open fully and we had to ram it open to get enough space for TQ to get through and again at Lock 8, the top gate had a similar problem and I had to remove an obstruction from behind the gate using a pole to allow it to open. Then it was a tight squeeze. I've a feeling some bricks from the culvert arch may have collapsed.
Lock 2 on the Curdworth Flight with M42 madness in the background.
Blue sky, but its still raining.
Just turned left, still on the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.
Our current mooring at BW Offices, Cuckoo Wharf.
TQ report:- All systems working perfectly, except for the grill in the galley. It still overheats and cuts out. When the fan is running there is no cool air flowing out through the venting slots at the top of the grill. In my experience, this may mean the DC motor has been connected with reverse polarity. It will need investigating.
The view from the front window.