It was a quiet night on our mooring south of Brewood. Both of us woke up early and could hear the distant sound of traffic on the M54. We cruised the short distance to Brewood passing under Avenue Bridge.
We moored for an hour in Brewood walking to the village butcher. We’ve purchased there on previous visits and found his products to be excellent.
W Maiden & Son
Jan bought bacon, sausages and some mince along with a steak and kidney pie. I then pressured her into buying me one of their tasty pork pies. I’ve developed a bit of a “thing” for pork pies!
The canal at Brewood was getting slightly busy by the time we returned to Waiouru. It’s a pretty spot but the TV reception in the cutting isn’t that great.
The two moored boats we noticed on the north side of Brewood last year are still there.
You might wonder why their owners bother to buy a license if they are going to be left in that state. But then maybe they aren’t licensed?
Further along the moorings nb Spirit of Phoebe may be pint sized but she looks loved
Two groups of elderly towpath walkers passed us as we approached Stretton Aqueduct. These days everyone who looks older than me is elderly!
There was a queue at Wheaton Ashton lock. There was some friendly banter with the Australian crew of a hire boat coming up. They were from Brisbane but had lived in Perth like us. The lady told Jan they had been to Iceland before hiring the boat. Jan informed her that she (Jan) had been to Iceland on many occasions for the cheap shopping!
All three water points below the lock were empty (must be the time of year) and whilst we were topping up Richard (nb Pendle Warter) appeared. We first met Richard at the Black Country Museum and then met him going up the Ashby Canal as we were coming down. He is going around the Four Counties Ring but in the opposite direction. We’ll probably next see him in Stone.
You don’t go through Wheaton Ashton without stopping at Turners Garage for cheap fuel. today the price was 51.9ppl. We topped up all three tanks taking a total of 241 litres.
We moored at Little Onn for an hour to have a late lunch (including pork pie) before continuing on to Gnosall Heath finding a vacant mooring just before The Boat Inn.