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Boat Blog: The Odyssey 2015 – Day 42

Posted by indigodream on 24 January, 2016

Rewind to Tuesday 29th September

Barlaston to Weston on Trent

Legion of volunteers painting lock beams and mechanisms on the Meaford Flight...

Legion of volunteers painting lock beams and mechanisms on the Meaford Flight…

I’m really cursing my lack of cruising notes as my recollections of this day are really hazy – I didn’t remember that we passed through Stone until I saw it on the map!

Never mind, we had a full day’s cruising and it surely deserves some record! I don’t have a narrative, except that we set out mid-morning and I recall the following notable “events”:

There was a brief stoppage in the Meaford flight as volunteers were painting the lock gates and mechanisms.. As if to make up for the wait, we had a legion of volunteers working us through to of the locks!

Stone was as charming as ever – we stopped to take on water below lock 29 – I recall doing a tricky solo reverse mooring while Richard helped a single hander through the lock. As always we stopped off at the Chandlery and spent money . . . .

We had debated whether to press on to Great Heywood, but it was getting late and we still had the long drive home ahead of us. Weston on Trent seemed to be the ideal spot and we found a good length of towpath mooring just beyond Bridge 80. There is a little path up to the Woolpack pub which has signs warning that there are chickens and other birds roaming around free – oh dear! Fortunately for us, they had all gone to roost by the time we needed to get the greyhounds to the car; having said that, the hounds were sparked out after yesterday’s races so maybe we needn’t have worried anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

Henry Beanz making a new friend in Stone.

Henry Beanz making a new friend in Stone.

 

Approaching Stone - arguably the most boat-friendly town on the network :-)

Approaching Stone – arguably the most boat-friendly town on the network ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Here's an unusual sight - a pair of young coots perched precariously on the slender branches of an elder tree, making a feast of the ripe berries :-)

Here’s an unusual sight – a pair of young coots perched precariously on the slender branches of an elder tree, making a feast of the ripe berries ๐Ÿ™‚

 

A well-deserved snooze

A well-deserved snooze

 

Classy - tied to a tree offside by a centre rope and swinging back and forth across the canal with every movement of wind and water..

Classy – tied to a tree offside by a centre rope and swinging back and forth across the canal with every movement of wind and water..

 

Perfect....

Perfect….

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