Tuesday, 8 July 2014

On to Shardlow

We left Alrewas late on Sunday afternoon, after Roger had watched the Silverstone Grand Prix.

This sign was beside Barton Turn Lock

The obstruction was where the towpath has collapsed into the canal. I wonder how long it'll be before C&RT do the repairs.

The cruise to Branston was very pleasant.  It was very quiet as everyone had already moored up for the evening. I'd put the dinner in the oven to cook as we travelled and by the time we moored up at 7pm the smell of garlic and rosemary roast lamb had a couple of walkers drooling.

On Monday morning we set off from Branston but hadn't gone more than 50 feet when we got stuck on a submerged rock. It must have been quite big as it lifted the boat up about 6 inches. Nothing we did made any difference, we were well and truly stuck! After 5 minutes a boat called Slimline Tonic came along and gave us a hand. By tying a rope between the two boats and going hard into reverse they managed to dislodge us. Thanks guys.

Later in the day we called into Shobnall Marina for diesel and a pump-out. That's the entrance to the service dock from the canal. It's a bit tight but the service at Shobnall is excellent and their diesel isn't too expensive either.

Today has been lovely and sunny again, although we've been followed by big black storm clouds which seemed to be circling around us. We're now moored just beyond Shardlow and I've been doing a bit of gardening.

I thought we might have been lucky to miss the rain and had just finished watering and dead-heading the plants on the roof when the heavens opened.

My dwarf tomato plants are proving to be quite prolific this year

and the dwarf sweet-peas are coming along nicely. They may be small but their perfume is very strong.

The surfinias and lobelias are getting lots of compliments although they probably won't look as good tomorrow after the heavy rain that's pelting down at the moment.

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