There was a really heavy frost overnight and it took until mid-morning for the sun to break through and start thawing things out. As I had a few last minute jobs to do, like putting a bird nesting box up a tree opposite the retirement flats it was no hassle.
Our gift to the birds of Stone
When we finally got away the sun was really starting to make an impact and it looked like a good cruising day but that was to be short lived. By the time we had travelled a couple of miles the sun was becoming heavily shielded by the fog/mist and was not seen again. Visibility on the canal was also becoming a worry as the fog was getting heavier the further south we came.
One sight that amazed us was 5 cock pheasants on the towpath but as we approached they flew across the canal into a field where we spotted up to 3 dozen of them, all cocks birds. I would hazard a guess that a farmer raises young birds on his property for an annual game bird shoot but why no hen birds it seems odd.
Did the Apprentices need arch building practice? Count the arches on this bridge.
1567 locks, 3257 ½ miles, 52 Tunnels, 42 swing bridges and 39 lift bridges since Nov 2006