Friday, 5 May 2017

Now moored at Wheaton Aston

Friday 5th May
When we left our mooring at Taft bridge it was breezy and when we reached Gt. Haywood the turn onto the Staffordshire & Worcester canal was ok as the wind actually worked in our favour,  Kev jumped off the boat to get rid of our rubbish as I entered under the bridge & there were 3 boats coming so I had to wait alongside Anglo Welsh hire boats. As the 3 boats passed the wind took me across to the towpath just as Kev was coming back to get on the boat so he was able to push the boat off and we were on our way.
Love this property(Tixall bridge)
Lot of work going on after Tixall bridge
One of several swans we have seen nesting

Deptmore Lock
We moored near Stafford boat club for a bite to eat and then set off again and made our way to Penkridge where we moored for the night above Longford lock.
Yesterday morning we moved from our mooring a short distance, and once we had got through Penkridge Lock we moored again so I could pop to the shop, Kev stayed on the boat with Jaz and we had a quick cuppa when I got back before setting off again, I walked to Filance Lock to get it set & Kev brought the boat into the lock. There hasn't been a lot of boats on the move so we have had the canal to ourselves most of the time! We decided to call it a day when we reached the Fox & Anchor at Cross Green and moored for the day.
Kev was curious to find out what was wrong with the bow thruster, so once we were moored he removed the bow thruster motor from the gearbox & then tested the motor which seemed fine. He was then able to spin the propeller using the spline sticking up from the gearbox, so after reinstalling the motor he checked all the wiring connections & hey presto it worked!! So thankfully it seems that it was a loose connection.
What a good girl
This morning I put a wash on and once it was finished we left Cross Green, Kev walked Jaz for a while and I followed on R&R.
Fox & Anchor Inn
 Not that way Jaz
It wasn't too long before we were turning onto The Shropshire Union canal, & once through the stop lock we were on our way.
 Dirty Cows! 

 Anybody lost a bike?
Going over Stretton Aqueduct
It has been a good cruise, the sun was lovely but spoilt once again by the wind, but we are now moored for the day at Wheaton Aston where we have filled with water, emptied the cassette & got rid of the rubbish

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