Monday, 17 March 2008

Here we go again!

2 locks and 2 miles, Now moored above bridge 53, Stratford on Avon Canal

Yesterday's showers turned into heavy overnight rain which was originally forecast for all day today. But Sunday turned out to be overcast and reasonably mild. Running roughly parallel with the canal is a small stream but this morning it had burst it's banks and was a raging torrent flooding farmers paddocks. We could also see that the nearby roads were badly flooded as cars were sending up spray's of water over the roadside hedge's.


Once settled on our mooring which is just above the Wootton Wawen aqueduct, we walked into Yew Tree farm which is like a mini shopping mall out in the country. All the old stable's and stalls have been converted to small retail outlets selling home made jams, pickles and baking, art work and frames, art's and craft's, horse and pet requirements, clothing, hair salon, restaurant, designer kitchen's and a huge showroom in what must have been a barn selling outdoor furniture and exclusive designer lounge furniture. We bought a few vegetables and some tub's of Bennett's farmhouse icecream, the latter was yummie.


This afternoon I had another go at finishing the pump moving project with the usual leaks to try and resolve but I think that the job is now complete. All I have to do is box it all in and sound proof it.

954 locks, 1316 miles, 39 Tunnels, 41 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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