So us like a lot of people had a bit of a lie in, this was the morning after the General Election and the mass confusion that went along with it.
David woke early after only three hours of sleep, I had done slightly better.
Later on we set off. The Anglesea Arm is a branch off of the Essington to Wyrley canal and goes off seemingly into the green countryside, its not a long run up but it was attractive.
Presently we came to this interesting old junction, to Huddlesford, which we had passed by the other end of this branch, it was where the Gardner Engine Festival was being held. This sign post mentions 'Restoration' HERE you can see their website, I think I shall make a donation.
|Straight down there is Huddlesford.|
|No boats of course.|
On entering the basin here, was this odd structure, if anyone knows what it is please do tell me.
|Arriving in the basin.|
This is the lovely basin below, formally for the loading of coal into barges from the mines nearby to the reservoir which is behind the slope in the photo.
|Could be one of the Italian Lakes eh?|
|I would guess at an orchid.|
Suddenly there was this deer, standing calm as you like.
I have had it identified by an expert, (David Lewis) as a Red Deer, the expert says she probably has a fawn nearby which is why she didn't run.
We sat on the back of WaL and enjoyed a lunch in the sun, a total pleasure. Then off we went, we hadn't intended to stay overnight.
So we retraced our steps down the Arm, then instead of turning left back down the Rushall canal, we carried straight onto the Wyrley & Essington aka Curley Wurley.
|We now head towards Wolverhampton.|
|Love this name.|
We stopped briefly at Tesco right by the canal somewhere, and that's where we saw our first boats moored up, they weren't moving though.
The cruise along the W&E was bendy and shallow in places but always green with wildlife but there were not many moorings. From what I could see it was bricked edged concrete with nowhere to stake or thick lilies, but hardly any armco. So it was a slightly longer day.
We approached Persall common, our intended spot for the night. and pretty glorious spot it is too. About twenty minutes after I took these blue sky shots, the sky filled in and it poured.
Early nights for both of us.
|Persall Lovely Common|
|Look carefully to see WaL in the grass.|
If 'Pinky' White said this, then he was a clever man, I completely concur.
Lunch was steamed salmon with one of David's special salads and a glass of in the sun