The day started with a beautiful sunrise and we knew we were going to be busy, for today we were going to bottom the butty!
Richard wasn't happy with the way the butty was towing and steering (not me the operator to blame, this time!) The ballast was all up front as we had used up heavy things in the back cabin making the weight wrong. As I am considerably narrower than his lordship, so I told him that I would go into the top hatch of the bow compartment and pass him the 15 or so bags of coal, for redistribution towards the stern...this was fine but wow did I need a scrub afterwards!
We sorted the rest of the butty out making a huge rubbish pile, including the jeans pictured above (they did have lots of holes in anyway!).
A large toad came across our mooring during the day and just leisurely wandered to the water. Scooby took some shouting at again as he made a lurch for it. Normally 1 word from Richard, the dog does as he is told!
When all was put away, we visited the local garden centre at Wolseley and bought some bits for the garden (roofboxes in boaty speak).
Yesterday we set off for Great Haywood, and the spectacular journey past Shugborough Hall.
We moored briefly before the lock for a drink and then went through, ( strange some people moan when we tell them we have a butty waiting in the mouth of the lock and do they mind waiting, yet here we had lots of help from other boaters here,and everyone was patient while we pulled it in and out ), past the tearooms and moored up near to the junction. The hope was that we would be able to open the shop, but we also needed water before we turned off up the Stafford/Worcester canal for the Canal World Discussion Forum banter at Calf Heath next weekend.