After our day out in Coventry we have moved on as far as Fradley Junction.
The first nights stop was half way down the flight of locks at Atherstone, the best place for access to the supermarkets. As we moored up the rain started, clearing up just enough to let us walk into town and do some shopping.
Next day the sun was shining again and we had a very pleasant cruise as far as Polesworth, where, after passing under a bridge, Oakapple lost power and we drifted to the bank. The Captain delved down the weed hatch and after some rummaging, (and cursing), pulled out a workmans jacket from round the prop. Bright orange, (the jacket, not the captain), with a mesh lining. Pity the workmans wallet was not still in the pocket. How do these things end up in the canal? Usually under bridges. Starting up the engine again, we carried on to Fazeley junction where we moored for the night. Soon after, the rain returned, continuing through the night and into the next day. We had hoped to reach the Trent & Mersey Canal that day, but by the time we got to Huddlesford the rain won and we decided to stop.
This morning the sun was shining once more and we got to Fradley Junction by midday. The plan was to stop for a coffee, fill the water tank, and move on towards Rugeley, however, the'White Swan' proved too much of a temptation and we ended the afternoon with a pint, after a stroll down the canal as far as Alrewas. This is a village with some very atractive thatched cottages and a fine old church. Just past the village the canal crosses the river Trent, past a long weir, calling for some caution after heavy rain.
With just such weather forcast for tomorrow it looks like we will stay put and watch the last day of the Tour de France. Rubbish on the prop, rubbish weather, I wonder what else the summer has in store!