We left Birmingham on Monday morning having spent a very decadent weekend wining (Roger & David) and dining as it was my birthday on Saturday.............don't ask as I'm not telling how old I am!
How about this for an alternative "Hen Do" ? Half a dozen young ladies came boarding past the boat on Saturday.
They were having a great time, although the "groom" looked a bit deflated
You'd think that having being continuous cruisers for the past five and a bit years we'd have been all over the canal system. Well that's certainly not the case and we're now on "uncharted waters". I've been surprised by just how lovely the Dudley canal is. It's mostly very rural and green and has the added bonus of good moorings overlooking the Merry Hill shopping mall where we spent last night. None of us are great shopaholics but we all needed a few things that we hadn't been able to pick up in Birmingham. Roger had been shopping for electronic components on ebay again and had had the parcels sent to Argos for collection. It's a system that works really well for us. If they could expand the service to include having mail sent there as well, it would be really good.
The moorings were very quiet and well lit with plenty of CCTV cameras so we had no qualms about staying overnight.
We left Dudley No. 1 canal at the bottom of Delph Locks. It was glorious sunshine when we started at top lock but by the time we were half way down the heavens had opened and it was torrential. The locks are easy to operate and very close together which made it easier to set up a good working rhythm between the two boats.
At the bottom lock the canal changes to the Stourbridge Canal and we had another flight of 12 locks to come down to reach our mooring for tonight.
That's the first view we had of the restored bottle kiln at the Redhouse Glassworks Museum.
By now the rain had stopped again and the sun was shining on the lock-side wisteria.
The museum had just closed when we moored up so we'll pay a visit in the morning. We had a nice welcome from the staff who told us there's a local Tesco and fish & chip shop but warned us to be careful and not get locked out as they lock the site gates later. Once again we've got good moorings in a lovely spot, definitely worth marking in the guide book.
Bye for now, see you soon