Monday, 15 December 2008

Fou(w)l deeds on the towpath.

0 Locks, 8 Miles. Now moored North of Hawkesbury Junction.

Overcast,cold and dry was the order of the day as we set off from Hartshill this morning. We don't usually move on the week-ends but at this time of the year it's a case going while the going is good. We passed a couple of boats on the move and the inevitable hardy fisherman some of whom I think were involved in a competition as there were about 12 of them in a row all with keep nets in the water.

At one point when we were in a rural area we spotted a mass of white feathers all along the towpath and at the end of the trail was a cleanly picked carcass about the size of a domestic duck. Looks like Mr Fox or Mrs Mink had been lucky enough to score Xmas dinner early.

At Hawkesbury Junction we pulled in just north of the water point so that we can fill up before we leave here tomorrow. The boat immediately behind us must have Kiwi connections with the name "Tui Mk III" on it, Tui being a popular brand of New Zealand Ale.

A quick walk to the convenience store for an onion for dinner (we don't often run out) we stopped for a chat with Bruce and Sheila on Nb Sanity who are moored a little way south. They are heading for Alrewas for Christmas so we may cross paths again in the new year when we head back up north again.

1585 locks, 3301 ½ miles, 52 Tunnels, 43 swing bridges and 39 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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