after the trials of our train journey back from the south it is good to be back on board and ready for a dash to Braunston.
First though, we contacted Garry & Della on board Muleless who we knew to be in the area. Tempted by Thursdays 'curry club' in Wetherspoons, they cruised down from Stoke to meet up in 'The Poste of Stone'. We all had a great time, catching up with all the news and generally making merry till almost chucking out time.
Back on board we grabbed a few hours sleep before leaving our pier at 6.45am (yes, that time really does exist).
It was a long day but, with the sun shining we had a fine cruise as far as Streethay on the Coventry Canal. The Trent & Mersey canal follows the river Trent most of the way to Fradley junction and there are some fine views across the valley with Cannock Chase very prominent on the far side. Passing through some woodland we spotted a huge number of Rhodedendrum bushes, all still in flower. They must have been part of the gardens of one of the many old halls which existed in the area. The occasional secluded lock on the way just adds interest and they are not particularly hard work.
As we moored up in secluded countryside the rain which had been forecast arrived and we were glad to be cosy inside after thirteen hours on the move.