We're currently moored at Market Drayton in the warm sunshine having arrived at 10:30 yesterday
(having had no decent internet connections in days!).
After I'd updated my blog on Thursday at Gnosall and taken a Tesco delivery, who should we meet on the towpath but Ann and Chas from Moore2Life, they'd moored up just the other side of the bridge from us and had just stopped for lunch and shopping. They called in for a cuppa and a catch-up with us before setting off again to catch up with No Problem. It was so good to see you both again, enjoy your summer travels and keep in touch!
We eventually left Gnosall at about 2pm and cruised on to moor for a couple of nights at Norbury Junction to catch up with washing and housework, to use the boat services there and of course to eat at the pub.
On Sunday we left Norbury; we haven't been on this stretch up to Barbridge for for over 30 years and we're looking forward to doing it again.
The weather was warm but cloudy when we left ...
... and as we passed under this iconic bridge, it started to rain, hail for a few minutes and then a heavy downpour. We were planning to moor at bridge 47 but by bridge 44 at the Wharf Inn aquaduct we gave up and put in the pins and of course the sun then came out again!!
these were taken at 20:30, the days are so much longer now - great!!
Upped sticks on Monday morning; we're heading for Tyrley Locks, we'll stay there for one night and then move on.
chicks emerging from Mum's feathers
working boats at the old Cadbury's wharf at Knighton
very quiet today
a forest planted in straight rows in rather strange!
it must be!!
This morning we walked into town for Market Day with the camera - some very old buildings
built in 1653 - in the alley you can see, was a small sign which read -
Back entrance to Sandbrook Vaults - Adults Only - wonder what went on in there then!!
No. 27 opposite the Vaults
I think it reads 'Da veli vesk erkon est - but I can't find a translation - anyone help?
St Mary's Church
a very imposing monument.
We'll be upping sticks tomorrow and heading for Adderley Locks.