Saturday, 27 March 2010

Back to Brum.

8 Locks, 8.3 Miles. 1 Tunnel Now moored at Cambrian Wharf.

Birmingham 053 2592x1944 The pillars supporting the M5 over the BCN.

The overnight moorings at Ocker Hill were reasonably quiet but as we were only allowed to stop for 1 night it was time to get moving again. The final stretch of the Walsall Canal was a slight improvement on what we had to endure yesterday but we still struck problems entering some of the lock’s where the lock entrance had silted up with not having any or little use over winter. There was also another narrow section that was heavily weeded up on both banks with barely 2 feet of water in the channel that slowed our progress but we made it.

Birmingham 054 2592x1944 BW clearing tree's along the BCN New Main Line

As we had a commitment in Birmingham we turned left at Pudding Green junction while Derek and Carrie on Uccello turned right to head to Dudley where we will meet up with them again tomorrow.

Birmingham 056-1 Engine Arm aqueduct over the BCN New Main Line.

At Cambrian Wharf Daisy on Nb Hector had arranged an overnight mooring for us on one of the pontoons which I believe is a private mooring but the occupier is away at present. Daisy was the main reason for returning to Birmingham because she has made us a rag rug in black and white of a NZ silver fern. Daisy specialises in producing handmade and designer rag rugs made to measure.  If you are looking for a colour co-ordinated rug to match your boat colour scheme or even a rug with engine logos such as Lister or Gardner logos, contact us (our contact details are on lefthand side of the page) and we will give you her details.

Birmingham 059 The rag rug that Daisy made.

2178 locks, 4212.58 miles, 88 tunnels, 130 swing bridges and 58 lift bridges since Nov 2006


Jenny said...

What a lovely rag rug. Does it make you feel homesick?

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Jenny, not really but we will be bringing it home with us, much too nice to walk on.