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.
|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