Friday, 29 April 2011
We travelled today from Catherine de Barnes to Hatton, via lunch at the Boot in Lapworth. Lots of herons around this morning. I tend to think of them as a rural sight, but this one had chosen the M42 viaduct as a suitable place to go fishing. This afternoon we spotted this fox gazing out at us from the security of the cutting just south of Shrewley tunnel. I tried to get a little closer for a better picture, but suddenly there was a flash of fur and he was gone.
Thursday, 28 April 2011
Approaching Salford Junction the motorways assert themselves once more, and as you can see from the bridge pillars it is perhaps not the place to overnight if you don't fancy acquiring some new and unsolicited signwriting for the boat.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
As we climbed the flight with the increasing roar of the M42, the weather improved, and we were back into the bright yellow land of oilseed rape. We reached Curdworth in time for a late lunch and a wander around the village to look at the church and some other attractive buildings. Hardly any boats seemed to be moving, surprisingly enough.
Monday, 25 April 2011
Sunday, 24 April 2011
On today through a post industrial landscape still showing some of the signs of an intensely mined and quarried history. One thing that stood out were the bluebells in the clumps of trees in the parkland above Atherstone - normally you have to be in the woods to see them. We crossed with much of the Lichfield cruising club in the locks, seven boats being out together. While the sun didn't make a showing, still a good day's cruising for the time of year. Finished the day at a favourite mooring just west of Polesworth, where what was an industrial site is now a glorious huge area of woodland.
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Friday, 22 April 2011
Well, no, eleven for three. That's eleven consecutive days off, what with Easter and the next bank holidays being so close, for the expenditure of three days leave from work. Despite the "plague of frogs" tone of the traffic reports last night, we had a pretty easy journey up. Perhaps the availability of near real time data on delays is making people change their decisions on whether to travel. It was hard to find a parking spot near Caracol at the marina last night, so we thought things would be busy today. An early start had us out on fairly quiet canals, to begin with in a persistent mist. I've always liked the way a thin mist adds depth to the landscape by emphasising the differences between near, far, and further.
Sunday, 10 April 2011
... perhaps you just have to be there.