A big lock and a bit scary
A big lock and a bit scary
Worcester in the distance
First of many
A sign explains Wast Hill Tunnel
The beginning of the tunnel
Looking back to the start of the tunnel
Kathryn in the boat
Kath and Denise
Josh who loved the boat and didn't want to go home
What a difference it was staying in the heart of a city hearing hustle and bustle around us. It wasn't too rowdy. We were shattered following our jeorney through all the locks we went through. Some of the gates were so heavy Steve had to help me either to pull or push them. Luck was on our side with most of the locks being empty. We soon got into a pattern as I was closing the gates and paddles of the lock were about to leave, Steve went to the next lock to open the gates to drive straight in. This morning we were aching and thankfully no locks to go through today. We turned into the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. Stopped briefly at Kings Norton to take on more water just as we arrived my sister in law Kath arrived. Steve had texed her to let her know we were passing near by her place. She stopped for a cupper before we moved on to Hop wood. We went through West Hill tunnel. What an experience, it was quite spooky. I took a photo of Steve. I pointed the camera at him and hoped for the best because I could not see his face as it was so dark in that tunnel. I guess it took us a good 10 minutes to get through. Anyway, quiet day today, before tackling the locks as we head towards Upton on Severn.
Minworth in the distance
Lock 1 done only another 26
Aston lock number 1
Gas Street Basin
Manicured gardens of Whittington
The Mucky Duck
A stow away
We left Stenson and proceeded along the T&M canal passing a lovely little village called Willington where again we should of stayed as it had three pubs there but again we missed an mooring space, we decided to carry on to Burton on Trent which one time boasted over 31 breweries but now only a few remain. We took on some water and moored up for lunch and decided to carry on to Branston famous for that stuff that people have on a plough mans lunch and the like, we moored outside of a little pub called " the Bridge " which sampled some of the ales (pint of lager and a half ) this pub was over 300yrs old, and now served Italian food, we didn't eat here as we already made a spaghetti bolognese which we consumed, and watched some telly and off to bed.
And finally the end result the bubble
Well we've finally done it we're on our boat, cats included. So far so good they are a bit subdued which is to be expected.
We have sorted out more bits and pieces and ready to start our jeorney. We are waiting for an inverted to be fixed so we'll have electricity on or travels
Awoke feeling a lot better this morning, finger crossed this bloody cold has now been beaten. Denise wasn't best pleased though, as I woke up at 05.30hrs and told her that we were off to the boat, so by 06.30hrs we were on our way to Nottingham. We called into Sainsbury and bought a few provisions before getting on to the boat, we had also brought with us a few items, towel hooks, runner carpet and other bits, we loaded the boat, then Denise and set off by our selves for the first time in our boat.
The entrance to Castle Marina is a bit tight
As you can see
So on my first attempt I truly cocked it up, second time went like a dream, we then took a leisurely cruise up the Nottingham Canal. We moored up for a spot of lunch, then returned to the marina, moored up and went to the pub for a shandy and then a walk along the canal. Back off home tomorrow to see the cats, a surveyor for our house buyers is coming on Friday so we won't be back to the weekend, but we will more than likely bring the cats with us, Cooking and Firkin