On my last post I said we were staying at Fradley for Sunday. Unfortunately our batteries needed topping up, so, since the sun was not shining on the solar panels it seemed sensible to move on, as we would have to run the engine anyway.
It started dry but the rain they forecast arrived by mid morning and continued all the way to Rugeley where we stopped and hot footed it to Wetherspoons for a sunday lunch.
Monday was a better day and, after topping up supplies, we set off to Great Haywood. As we left Rugeley we spotted this boat up on the bank. Is this what happens if you don't slow down at the bends?
The showers continued through Tuesday so it was not until Wednesday that we moved on up the lock and moored on Tixel wide, a very loveley spot, almost like a lake which was created to improve the view from the hall through whose estate the canal was dug. The hall is long gone but the gatehouse still remains, an impressive building on three floors.
In the afternoon we visited nearby Shugborough Hall which was the home of Patrick Litchfield, a sixties icon and photographer to the royal family.
It was unseasonably cold last night but we set off at 7.00 am in hats and gloves,in order to get to the Radford Bank Inn by 9.00, thus taking advantage of their 'all you can eat breakfast' for £3.99
Suitably gorged, we walked into Stafford for a few bits and bobs. I have been nagging the Captain for an extra shelf in the cupboard, so a trip into B&Q was needed.
Now moored in an idylic spot above Deptmore lock, new shelf fitted and sun shining at last on the solar panels. How long for I wonder.