We started out later than planned this morning, and had a call from Charlie about 1130hrs as he'd arrived at the Dog and Doublet. Unfortunately we were still about an hours journey away, so he found another place to meet at Curdworth Top Lock. A lovely lady in a cottage there made him a cup of tea while he waited for us.
Jamie checking the map to see just where we are in the country
First locks of the day at Glascote - in her pyjamas - you're not in Gisborne now!
Across the Tame Aquaduct again! then left at Fazeley Junction
Drayton Manor foot bridge near Drayton Manor Theme Park
There are some long straight stretches through Kingsbury Water Park created from some of the old mining pits of the area
A new alternator was fitted by mid-afternoon so our power is restored once again and hopefully that's it for the drama's in that department!
Jamie and I had a walk along the towpath after lunch, to met up with Maggie, Gary, Mikey and Sophie. We arrived at The Dog and Doublet in blazing sunshine - it's suddenly the most amazing weather! What's the chance of it being like this next Saturday? Slim I'd say, but you never know ...
The pub is right on the canal and we made arrangements to ensure we'd have a mooring on the day. There's a marquee where the food will be served and we can stay undercover should the British weather not be kind to us!
Mikey & Sophie helping with the locks
Mikey & Sophie and Mikey's granddad Michael in the background
Great pub setup at the 'Dog & Doublet' - apparently it used to be called the 'Dog & Jacket' as a doublet is an old fashion jacket
Gary, Jamie, Mikey, Sophie, Sandra and Maggie enjoying a wee drink
Maggie and co stayed for tea on the boat, and Barry gave Sophie some photography tips as she's hoping to study it at University next year. They wandered over the canal into a hayfield for a quick photo shoot.
The field opposite the pub which is full of fresh hay bales
All sorts of possibilities!
Sophie got to pose before she could say no!
More hay bales - The Belfry Golf Club is behind the trees in the distance
In the evening we noticed gaggles of geese flying overhead and landing in the hayfield not far away, so Barry and Gary went to investigate. As they walked closer to them they suddenly all flew away all at once. The funny thing was that the best photos would have been taken from the boat where they were all flying overhead and making a tremendous noise! Obviously it's getting time for them to fly south for the winter - now that sounds like a good idea to me ...
After about half an hour they all started to come back again
They've apparently been doing this for the last few days and have left each morning at the same time - 8:30am
Sandra on the front of the boat trying to get a good internet connection