After she'd been scared off by a passing boat, some mallards came to have some bread for breakfast. They're such territorial things and if one from another family tries to butt in then the others see them off - this pale one behind attacked one of the smaller ducks numerous times and eventually plucked half its feathers out! Cruel thing! I made sure she didn't get any bread, it's just ingrained in me to live by the law of karma!
We left our mooring at Ansty mid-morning and wound our way under the M69 to Hawkesbury Junction, then left to Coventry and under the M6. On the way Barry did some varnishing of the front cratch that had taken a battering from the fallen tree yesterday, and also took down both of the unused chimneys on top of the boat - he replaced them with stainless steel bowls, only temporarily I hope!
Coventry is reached by a canal that only goes to Coventry and takes about 2 hours to get there from the junction.
Left side, up to Nuneaton & down to Coventry. Right side, Oxford Canal where we,ve come from
The bridge entrance to the canal to Coventry
Also in the museum was a ‘Jacquard Loom’ which was used to weave ribbons, a lucrative venture for Coventry until 1860. Once that industry was in decline, around 4,000 people emigrated (or were they sent?!) to New Zealand, USA, Canada and Australia.
The hub of the town centre is the usual mass of high street shops and shopping centres. We had to walk across to the other side of town to find the Railway Station that we have to get to by 0915 tomorrow morning, travelling to Oxford to see Kim, so no long lie-in for us ... Oxford will be a stark difference to Coventry, that’s for certain!