Hi readers. Not much to report as we have had a quiet weekend in Stone before moving down the locks to our winter mooring in Aston Marina later this week.
Stone is a fine old market town which retains much of its character with some interesting buildings, including the Joules Stone Ales brewery facing the canal. It was at an inn here where the Trent and Mersey canal was first planned. There are two boatyards here. The one by yard lock claims to be the oldest hire company on the system. The other further up the locks has a fine collection of ex working boats on its moorings. Unfortunately neither of them showed any interest in looking at our generator (built into our boatmans cabin) which failed last Xmas. Why do boatyards claim to do repairs when they clearly want to pick and choose? Even the Vetus agent at Foxton clearly wasn't interested after seeing the job. Still, we've managed so far without it. On a brighter note, the Xmas decorations strung across the cobbled High Street are looking very festive.