Saturday, 29 October 2016

Tixall Wide to Stafford

Yesterday, after a week, we left Tixall Wide. It had been a productive time with James catching up on pens and I prepared the gunnels for painting. We are booked in Stafford Boat Club for blacking tomorrow so thought it would be a good time to freshen the gunnels to. I sanded the whole lot, then put Fertan on the bits that had gone through to bare metal. We had a few battle scars this year and one bit particularly bad where there was a horrible stuck out part of piling. 

This has been the view from my kitchen window
On our last night, there were only four of us moored on the wide, a boat arrived late afternoon and decided to moor 10ft in front of us, it was odd as it was probably the only part of piling that wasn't straight and as a result it ended up with the middle of the boat on the stuck out part leaving quite a gap front and back. If it had moored another 20ft further forward it would be been close to the bank.

It was a short journey to Radford Banks moorings at Stafford with just Tixall lock to go up. We had a wander up to the pet shop with Dudley yesterday to stock up on food and came away with another new toy as well - Fox had joined Dudley's Gang.

This morning it was a quick pop to Aldi, it's so handy being really close to the canal, and stocked up to get us through the week we are out of the water.

Tixall Lock

Aqueduct over the River Sow
This afternoon we arrived at Stafford Boat Club and were directed onto a vacant mooring ready to be hauled out tomorrow morning !!

Temporary mooring, with the club house behind us

5 miles and 1 lock

TOTAL 677 miles and 615 locks

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