Monday 9 September 2013

Aqueducts and Mary Arden

Wootton Wawen to Wilmcote : 4 miles, 1 lock
To date : 706 miles, 446 locks

I woke well before light this morning and couldn't get back to sleep.  In the end I got up to work about 6am.  Half an hour later the boat next to on the next mooring started his engine and engaged it for about 10 minutes before he was ready to go.  Very annoying to be jostled about at that hour.  When he did get moving he roared past so fast that our boat banged against the bank and woke Mick.

It was an enjoyable day despite the start.  First up we bought a little diesel.  It was expensive so we'll look for a better price as we go along.  The diesel filler at Anglo Welsh is right beside the aqueduct so they told Mick to stop the boat on the aqueduct.  I walked down to the road to get some photos of the boat crossing.  It looked so strange to see it drifting across a road with cars beneath.

We had just the one lock today and straight after it was Edstone Aqueduct... and even longer one.  It was a shame to not be able to get a photo of the full length of it but the railway line and hedges made it impossible.  There were curious kids glad to watch a boat come across.

We are in Shakespeare country now and moored for the night at Wilmcote so we could visit Mary Ardens Farm.  It was a pleasant afternoon of wandering the farm and buildings.  They had some interesting hairy pigs and a horse itching its backside against its stable door.

On the way back to the boat we went to have a look at the Wilmcote railway station.  It had a lovely walkway from one side to the other.

Again this afternoon the weather turned and we had some rain... just like it did yesterday.

This evening about 8.30 the next boat started their engine.  Bit late in the day I'd think.  Carol and Barry had it even worse the other night.  The hire boat moored beside them at Cambrian Wharf started their engine at midnight.  Honestly, how selfish!

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