Friday 15 May 2009

Stone Once More

2 Locks, 3 ½ miles. Now moored above Star Lock.

The new Aston Marina under construction near Aston lock Trent & Mersey Canal.

The threat of rain was in the air as we set off this morning with grey overcast skies but it never eventuated.There were a few other boats on the move, mostly Black Prince hire boats, which included a group of Aussie’s about our age group with whom we exchanged a few pleasantries.

The mid way point of the Trent & Mersey Canal at Aston lock.

We expected the moorings at Stone to be full but we were pleasantly surprised to find plenty of moorings so we pulled onto the non towpath side by the council car park. There is a bit of a misnomer over the duration of these moorings as the only sign states 12 hours and BW's Canal Guide says 24 hours but as we arrived at 11am I don’t think we will be expected to move at 11pm.

Once organised we headed off into town for provisions and our prescriptions which our lovely doctor had forwarded to Boots for us. After this we visited Stone Boat Builders chandlery and Canal Cruising where I got 2 new boards cut to finish off the lockers in the front cratch.

This new information board at Stone cleared up a few questions,
especially the Christina Collins murder at Rugeley.

It was while we were walking the towpath that we stopped on bridge 94 to see what was happening on the canal below. Three teenage college boys walked past us and the next thing we knew was that one of them was holding his phone close to Dot’s ear playing loud music. I turned on him but wasn’t quick enough to grab his arm. He ran off and got a surprise to find me hot on his tail. After some abuse and “If you hit me I’ll call the police”. I told him what I thought of him and walked away. He then proceeded to follow us with more taunt’s and yelling. Sheer bravado as he was showing off to his 2 mates.

1615 locks, 3447½ miles, 59 Tunnels, 45 swing bridges and 39 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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