The photo below was taken on the 27th April this year - the water diviner is employed by BW to find a leak in the embankment (can't think how with all that water around)
the above picture was taken today at the same place - we could see a pile of clay puddled against the edge of the canal beneath the water line and these two BW boats protecting the area - it looks and sounds to me like the famous boy who put his finger in the dam to stop the flood!
waiting in the bottom lock at Tyrley watching the force of the water coming from the pounds above and calculating how I will enter lock 4 without mishap - I shouldn't have worried, the Axiom propeller did its job once again.
we wondered what this crop is - although it's a lovely golden colour it seems to be dying - perhaps it should have been harvested some time ago
there is a huge field of it here at the locks - anyone know what it could be - George thought maybe sugar beet - I've no idea at all.
approaching bridge 60 and the top lock Tyrley
entering Woodseaves Cutting ...
... and passing under these iconic arches
the arch from a slightly different perspective
the sides of the embankment are magical
the trees form their own arches
what a view
Approaching Newport Road Bridge (45) with the ex-Cadbury's Bournville factory wharf in the distance - the smell was lovely as we passed - according to the Nicholson's Guide the factory now only produces dried milk, but we're positive we could smell chocolate!
We reached our mooring for the night at about 2:45 where we found Sue and Vic on No Problem. I'd seen from their blog yesterday that they were moored here so we took this opportunity to say hello properly and have a chat. We're meeting up with them again this evening to share a bottle of wine (or two) - looking forward to that.