Up very early today, Amanda and I had a quick cup of tea delivered in her bed for a change then action stations, up and dressed. We untied the ropes before 8am and away, creeping past all the moored boats.
Amanda and I make a speedy and slick lock operating team and we wanted to be the first down the Farmers Bridge Flight. We had it in the bag.
This posting is a bit of a picture gallery of the three flights we did today so that I don't forget too much.
|So this is the very old pub, alongside the Worcester Bar|
I think the City has done a wonderful job in preserving some of the old buildings around the canals. There were clearly many more but they were built cheaply out of cheap materials so its great that as many as there are have survived to the C21st.
|Vintage boat against a period building against a modern carbuncle, actually its quite a nice carbuncle.|
|Dressed for a chilly start but Amanda and I soon started shedding layers.|
|Great gin bar door on the left hand side......|
|I have it on good authority that Bill Clinton went in this bar for a pint on a visit, but I can't remember who the "Good Authority" was, was it you John or Leon?|
|Boaters Roundabout here, caused an fair bit of quick discussion as to which side we should go around it. In the end the Capt decided on the left side and did a very good job.|
|To the Left is Wolverhampton and to the Right eventually is Fazeley where we are heading.|
|Around she goes.|
|Where we have come from, David has done most of those locks, bless him.|
|And into Cambrian whalf.|
|This flight is really fascinating all the way down.|
Three locks down and we meet a boat in front of us, a single hander and of course going down.
The little darling let us go in front of him, by way of a thank you David gave him a bottle of beer and Amanda and I lifted the paddles on the top gate for him as we went.
Everyone was a winner!!
|Nice chap letting us pass him.|
|Some of that modern arty farty writing that so enrages some Boaters|
|Another old bridge into a former siding...|
|This is what was behind the fencing. Kept the original warehouse surrounded by modern flats. What would the old Boatmen say about it????|
|Not sure I would want to live over water on stilts with no direct sunshine all day.|
|Doors in bridges|
|Doors in bridges|
|Someone clever please tell me why they had doors in bridges?|
|Amanda got warm, but look on the left, I would imagine it was a wee toll house or watchman's hut, let's look inside.....|
|Well he'd be warm at least...|
How David laughed as he manoeuvred WaL into position to pass the keys over.
Amanda and I DID laugh.
|The Aston Flight|
|Marilyn Monroe and Bridget Bardot,|
|Rope marks from boat towing, echoes of history.|
David went inside to make lunch leaving us two in charge.... I have new sunglasses, do you like them? I haven't worn them much since.
This picture below was moments after we watched rats feeding on dropped bird seed at the bottom of a garden.
A few more locks, The Minworth locks, there we for a terrific downpour, Amanda, I and several civilians sheltered under a bridge, David had to self fend.
Our mooring tonight. Fab.