Sunday, 25 May 2014

Mud, Mud Glorious Crick

Sunday 25th May

We have stayed on R&R in the marina since we arrived there on Thursday, on Friday we had a ride to Braunston as we needed to get some bits from AJ canopies and we popped in to the Admiral Nelson pub for a pint. It had been ages since we had been in this pub and it has been redecorated and looks good we were going to sit outside next to the lock but then Kev stood in a pile of dogs...t right next to the table, it really makes me mad that people have no regard for anybody and let their dogs do their business anywhere!!
Anyway it started yet again to rain and we headed off back to the marina, and I must say we have taken the opportunity since being in the marina to try eating out at all 3 places. It was a treat for me as Kev was away for my birthday and our Silver Wedding  Anniversary so we first tried the cafe/bar at the small cinema  on Thursday and it was lovely, then on Friday night we had a meal in the Waterfront pub and also they had a band on they did a lot of Paul Weller so Kev was pleased.
Last night was lovely as we went to the Thai restaurant and had a fantastic meal.

Well what can I say "CRICK SHOW" as usual the weather did what it does best "RAIN" and the ground was soaking, we didn't think we would get the car off the field as cars were slipping when we were actually going in to the show. They had put old straw down in places inside the show itself but it was torrential rain at times and it was just awful most people had wellies on and my god did you need them as it was very very muddy too. We were a bit disappointed with this years show apart from the dreadful weather there didn't seem to be much there, obviously there were plenty of new boats to look at but not really many interesting stalls so we won't be in a rush to go again.
We are back home now and the weather here in Roos has been lovely and I have managed to get lots of washing out on the line now it means I have it all to iron!!!

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Bloggers meeting & a drama on the canal

Thursday 22nd May

Well what a difference it was this morning it was pouring down!  When the rain stopped we had a walk back up to Shadehouse lock to the visitor moorings to see if Sue & Vic on No Problem are about, as we got to them we saw Vic in the cratch sweeping up. Nice to see a man put to good use!! We asked him if Sue was about and he said yes & invited us on board and Vic made us all a cuppa. This is the first time we had really met Sue & Vic and we told them that it had been us waving at them yesterday it was nice to have a good natter and thanks for the tea & coffee hope to meet up again in the future.

When we left to walk back to R&R Sue walked with us and brought the dogs for a walk too, and after we said our goo byes to Sue we started getting ready to leave our mooring, then something happened that could have been fatal! There was a young woman sat at the water point close to the edge of the canal and she had a little toddler in a buggy and also was holding a labrador on a lead, I never saw what happened next but Kev did!! She had the buggy facing the water and for a brief moment she let go and the buggy and the child went into the canal!! She managed to grab the buggy but was slipping down herself, I heard her screaming for help and Kev was on his way but a workman saw her and a couple of women from the cafe and they managed to get the buggy with the toddler strapped into it out of the canal. What an absolute nightmare for the poor little child's Kev said if the mother had let go the child would have drowned but if she had let go he would have jumped in the canal for the child. It was a silly thing to do to sit with the buggy facing the water  and so close to the edge but sometimes people just don't think what they are doing and I wonder how it will affect the toddler in the future about water. Anyway at least it was ok in the end and the staff from the cafe were lovely and took them in for a hot drink.
This is a photo of the mother,toddler and the staff after the rescue!

After all that we prepared to get away from the mooring at Fradley and left about 12.45pm and headed down the lock and onto Alrewas where we moored just after the winding hole near the bridge and Kev walked to the shop for some cream as he wanted to have it with his carrot cake he was having with a cuppa (plenty of calories there then) Anyway once we were refreshed we headed off to the lock and onto the section of river.
Onto the river looking back at the lock
And passed the weir

Sunny all the way to Fradley

Thursday 22nd May

Yesterday we arrived at Gt Haywood just after 12.45pm, we had stopped at Wolseley Arms pub  first and had some lunch but we were both disappointed with the food so we won't be going there again! Kev went to the office to let them know we were leaving while I went to the boat and turned the water etc on and then when he got to the boat we unloaded the car and once we were sorted we left the berth at 1.45pm and headed off for Fradley. What a lovely day to cruise the canal, the sun was glorious all the way and there were a few boats on the move so the locks were all in our favour. I tried to take a few photos with Kevs camera and it didn't seem to be working then Kev realised that the battery was flat!! As we were approaching Shadehouse Lock at Fradley I spied a boat we knew and it was nb No Problem moored on the visitor moorings as we passed I sounded the horn as I couldn't see anybody but as we were passing I spotted through a window Sue with Vic along side her  & Vic looked out to us so we waved & Sue just waved in time before we were passed. It is always the way no bloody camera again. The visitor moorings were all taken so we dropped down the 3 locks then moored opposite the services. There were loads of motor bikers at the White Swan pub so once we were tied up etc we went for a walk to the pub for a look at them and of course a couple of pints too!!

This photo is for Kev's son Lee as he would love this VTRSP1

Sorry Lee it wasn't for sale

Friday, 16 May 2014

Busy time while Kev away

Saturday 17th May

While Kev has been away at work I have been busy gardening & power washing the block paving on our drive, it is quite a large area & had got quite bad with weeds and moss. It took me 3 days to get it all done and I was happy to get it done!
The drive all clean now!

some of the garden sorted too!
On Thursday 14th May it was my birthday and the next day (15th) it was our Silver Wedding Anniversary, as Kev wasn't here we will go for a meal when he comes home. he is home on Tuesday evening and we will be going to Rock & Roll on Wednesday morning. We are moving to Barton Turns marina and have a mooring there for a few months. 
My sister bought us a silver wedding photo frame and I put a photo in it of Kev (with hair and no grey) carrying me across the threshold, we were both a bit lighter weight wise  then! 

Kev sent me some flowers and they were gorgeous Thanks Kev, we also got some champagne from the kids Kirsty, Colette  & Lee along with some earrings for me & cufflinks for Kev, so thank you all for them. We will be drinking the champagne while we are on the boat. In fact we have two bottles as I have taken a bottle to the boat already so we will be full of bubbles!!
I would like to wish belated wishes to Paul & Elaine (Manly Ferry) as it was their 7th wedding anniversary on the same day as ours.