Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Spring Summer Cruse 2015 ❶❺

Haywood Lock (22)  to Penkridge VM
Date 20 May 2015

Overnight the weather was frequent showers.

Morning: Overcast and a few showers, decided to take our time before setting off. After a late and leisurely traditional full English breakfast we were on our way. Do the first lock and turn left onto the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. The first lock we came to was Tixall Lock and CaRT had just placed a stoppage on the waterway.  So  we had to wait for the lock ground paddle to be fixed - cut a long story short - a large heavy duty  builders bag - the type used to carry a ton of gravel was stuck inside and blocking the water channel.

Afternoon: By mid afternoon the lock ground paddle was partially working again. A further repair had been made to a lock crossing board that was loose. We were on our way once more. Then we decided to cruise a bit later than usual to make up a bit of time. Arrived on the Penkridge Visitor Moorings which we had all to ourselves.

Evening: Went in the 'Boat' at Penkridge Lock for a meal. A good dog friendly place to eat. Wednesday is pie night and so we had two lamb pies with all the trimmings and a couple of beers. The meal was very tasty the staff were attentive - however the service was slow However we would quite happily eat there again.


Birds: House Sparrow, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Starling, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Goldfinch, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail,  Long Tailed Tit,  Coot, Moorhen, Canadian Goose, Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Kestrel, Buzzard, Thrush, Black Headed Gull, Common Tern, Sedge Warbler, Swallow, House Martin, Swift, Pheasant and Oyster Catcher.

Butterflies: Meadow Brown, Comma, Sulphur, Common White.
Today's Total.
Miles: 10.1
Locks: 5
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 3.6
Solar Panels: 39 Ah
Accumulated Total.
Miles: 2185.6
Locks: 1339
Swing / Lift Bridges: 299
Tunnels: 37
Pump Outs: 22
Engine Hours: 3150.6

Solar Panels: 20647Ah

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