Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Shebdon to Brewood with Kingfishers galore!

21st November 2010
Later start this morning (after the night before) and did a fair exchange with Sue (No Problem) a carton of milk for a pot of her home made plum jam - I'm sure that we got the best of the bargain, and after a spreading it thickly on freshly made wholemeal seeded bread for lunch we felt fit enough to set off - we plan to moor this evening at Norbury Junction
High Offley Church and village in the distance
Old Lea Wharf - what a lovely property
plenty of colour still in the hedgerows 
horseshoe bridges as we approach Norbury Junction
and that very famous bridge as we come round the bend
quiet night at Norbury - this is us leaving just before 1pm
the picture doesn't really do these red berries justice
I don't think you can beat the Shropshire countryside
lime green leaves still hanging on in there
see those red berries along the hedge - a lovely sight
oh look it's another kingfisher - I've never seen so many since we started out on the canals
another view of him - what a beak
not sure what this strange contraption is up in the trees
Gailey hire boat Twelfe coming through bridge 29
approaching bridge 26 near Church Eaton - a long line of moored boats ahead
oh what's that on the sign .....
...well blow me down - another one - this one checking the speed of your boat!
the birds just love the berries at this time of the year - a crow right at the top of the tree
the line of moored boats continue past bridge 25 at High Onn
It was after 5pm by the time we'd filled up the fuel tanks on board RnR at Turner's Garage in Wheaton Aston and found a mooring space albeit on the 'Reserved for BW Maintenance Boat' space
Looking towards the Hartley Arms at 20 past 8 this morning (23rd November)
and a very atmospheric view looking the other way towards Wheaton Aston Lock
a busy scene as we approach Stretton Aquaduct
and yet another Kingfisher
a Woodpigeon taking his pick of the berries
and a squirrel too
the Highland Cattle ...
prefer the grass!
10 past 3 ....
...... and the sun is starting to dip below the horizon
10 to 4 as we moor at one of our favourites spots
 between bridges 8 and 7 a mile or so south of Brewood - beautiful autumn colours.

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