Tuesday, 23 February 2016

In the Footsteps of Kings

last week we found ourselves moored at Stoke Golding. The weather showed its teeth again, with one day of heavy rain, and two very cold nights which left a thick layer of ice on the canal.
Taking advantage of the towpath mud being frozen solid, we took a walk up into the village to find a post office. Our way took us up Crown Hill, the scene of the improptu crowning of Henry Vll after the battle of Bosworth. As we plodded up the hill, with views of the surrounding  coutryside, it gave us a great sense of the past and the history of the area.
As the weather improved we moved on to Market Bosworth, where they do super chip butties in the Red Lion. We also caught up with NB Yarwood and have traveled in their wake since. on Sunday we shared a quiet mooring spot near Congerstone. The Captain joined Lesley & Joe in the 'Horse & Jockey

y for a Sunday lunch. Unfortunately I have caught a throat infection and had to be left behind, somewhat in the manner of Cinderella. (It is slowly getting better but is being a bit persistent).
Yesterday it was a bright fine morning, so, dressing warmly, with the back cabin stove lit, we carried on the last four miles to the the canals terminus at Snarestone.
Well, actually it is no longer srictly the end. The restoration work has been progressing well since we were last here. There is now another 3/4 of a mile of canal, heading for Measham. After years of inactivity it is now possible to picture the eventual reconection with the isolated section already restored past the Moira Furnace.
It is a lovely mooring at the terminus. The sun has beeen shining and the amps have been pouring into the batteries from our solar panels. Last night there were owls hooting in the trees around us and the full moon shone down with his smiling face.
Oh the joy of winter cruising!

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