I'm not gona moan about the rain, I'm not gona moan about the rain, I'm not gona moan about the rain...
Well if the previous day was a bit grey and miserable, yesterday was blooming awful...aw I just couldn't help myself after all there is nothing more British than to moan about the weather.
We had moored up for the night at Leys Junction. Not a lot I can say about it really, it's a junction through an industrial estate with each plot having high concrete walls with razor wire on the top. I would presume for keeping oiks out but you never know, maybe there have been changes in the employment laws over the last five months.
Lock followed lock, drizzle followed rain followed drizzle. We stopped at about 3ish in a nice enough spot and it stayed dry enough to actually get the camera out, of course it started raining again as soon as we were off. We were both like drowned rats in our nearly waterproof waterproofs. But it was on the chilly side. We had the luxury of having the stove alight so could dry out a bit during our lunch stop. Warmed up with coffee and a stove top toasted sarnie of cheese, spicy mango chutney and a drop of mayo (half a chopped up chili in mine) we headed off in the direction of Kinver to over night.
One of the redeeming features of this canal is that it is so clear. Quite a novelty really, on moored boats you can easily see the boats bottom plate and anodes. Soon tin cans on the canal floor were followed by just stones and weed, the landscape soon turned from pretty awful to beautiful.
|Chilly outside toasty inside|
|A nice place for a few nights if the weather was better|
|A much nicer stretch of canal than Leys Junction|
|Is this a location or a serving suggestion?|
|Definitely not as wishing well.|
As the weather forecast was ok we decided to spend today in Kinver and donned the walking boots for a bit of a hike. We were aiming in the general direction of the Kinver Edge rock housed but were glad that we went via some national trust land up through wooded hills and across heather lined meadows to an iron aged fort right on top of the hill. There were some great views right across Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We could see the masts near the tunnel we had come through right across to the Malverns.
|Hopefully stitch a few of these into a panorama pic when I get a mo|
|Rock feature in front of the rockery, in front of the rock house|
|Have a break, have a ....|
|Entrance to the rock houses. When one neighbour moved out, next door just chiseled through to extend!|
|Misty morning in Kinver|
|Sunny afternoon in Kinver|
Tomorrow, a quick explore of Wolverley.