27th & 28th May
Wet and cold. Where has all the sun gone?
We are writing this in the Bulls Head in Wooton Wawen. Obviously we failed to go on the river. With the level markers close to the red, and more rain forecast this week we reluctantly left Stratford basin and started making our way back towards Kingswood junction. Yesterday we tackled the Wilmcote flight of locks. Eleven, very close together, but mostly easy to work. Moored up in Wilmcote just as the rain started again.
We managed to get a stroll round the village between showers and looked into the church. One feature of note is the fact that men and women sat on separate sides of the aisle. On the men's side the pews have hat racks under the seat in front. After a bit of head scratching we worked out that the hat slides upside down underneath, support by its brim. Of course the Captain had to try his leather boating hat in there. Perfect fit!
Today, raining again, we have only moved three miles. One lock, but also a very impressive cast iron trough aqueduct. Not quite on the scale of the Poncy , ponty, oh the welsh one! However still 200 metres long spanning a road, railway and a stream.