Saturday, 6 June 2015

Our floating life continues

It was great to be back on the boat and moving again. American scenery may be really spectacular but our green and pleasant land takes a lot of beating.

It doesn't get much nicer than this now does it?

We're now heading to Birmingham to meet up with friends and also for a bit of retail therapy and decided to take a route that we've never been done before.

On Thursday we turned off the Coventry Canal onto the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, mooring up for the night outside Tilson Mill cafe. It wasn't long before we were joined by several other boats, its obviously a popular spot.

I had a look inside the cafe on Friday morning and was amazed to find this wonderful yarn shop.

If you knit or crochet you really need to stop here. It's a hidden yarnaholic's paradise and I didn't escape without making a small purchase.

While I was drooling over the yarn Roger was chatting to Barry on the boat moored behind us. He sells home brew kits etc. but (un)fortunately we just don't have the room.

We've actually been on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal once before, many years ago, but only as far as the first winding hole.  This is Drayton Manor Foot Bridge which is currently being renovated.

You can moor here to go to Drayton Manor Theme Park

We've been surprised at how quiet this canal is. It's got beautifully manicured lock sides and there are plenty of good mooring places but hardly any moving boats?

We moored outside the Dog & Doublet pub last night and are staying put today as Roger says it's the perfect spot to catch up with a bit of under-gunwale painting. The boat is also due for it's spring wash and polish and then tomorrow we'll carry on up the lock flight to Curdworth.

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