We were under way at 08:55, a bit late for my liking, but Lin (bless her) has a Velcro back. It was a lovely morning, chilly with mist on the water, and the sun blazing. Polesworth was our first town followed by Amington where we stopped for Lin to post a couple of letters. Then to Fazeley where we took on water at the junction. From here on we were on tick-over nearly all the way to Fradley as there were boats moored every 1 to 2 hundred metres - not worth opening the throttle for. Then, when it came to looking for a mooring there was nothing available except between gypsies, and either there were no pilings or it was too shallow to get close enough to the bank. We ended up going on to Fradley Junction, turning right and through the first lock on the Trent and Mersey Canal where we found a spot just big enough for TQ at around 17:30. To make up for a bad day (relatively speaking) we decided to treat ourselves to a meal in The Swan Inn and very good it was too. No nonsense, half a chicken and chips and peas at £7.50 washed down with a pint of Abbot - delicious.
Sorry, I can't load up any pictures tonight, even though the connection is reading five bars on HSDPA (High Speed Data Packet Acquisition) (What's that smell?), it's too slow, it just sits there after having taken ages to upload then does nothing.
Bingley Thursday 24 May 2018
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