Friday, 11 April 2014

Around the bend

Stretton Aqueduct to Coven : 9 miles, 1 lock
To date : 1158 miles, 820 locks

Today we cruised between lush green fields of unidentified crops and bright yellow fields of canola.... or rapeseed as they call it here.  Spring is in the air for sure.  There was also our first spotting of ducklings for the season.  A dozen of the tiniest little fluffy balls.

We passed Brewood and then the extremely muddy towpath that Anthony and Leanne negotiated to find us as we cruised this stretch last October.  It's still the same.

There's a sharp bend to turn onto the Staffs & Worcs Canal after the stop lock beside Napton Narrowboats.  Just after we had turned at Autherley Junction we passed nb Ramyshome.  We've seen Roger and Maureen a couple of times before and yelled out quick hello's as the gap between us lengthened.  Barry and Carol rescued a hire boat when they turned at the junction.  The hire boat had gotten wedged across the canal as they tried to turn the corner.... bow firmly in the shrubbery opposite and stern against the concrete edging of the bridge hole.

We moored near Coven and went for a walk to check out the village.  There's some rather rustic steps up from the canal to a gap in the shrubbery and then across a farmers field to the main road.  The route to walk is marked by yellowing of the crop in a path.    I was pleased to find a hairdresser with an appointment free so had my hair cut on the spur of the moment.


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