Sunday, 17 October 2010

Who’s this on the towpath?

0 Locks 6.24 Miles. Now moored at Fradley Junction.

Granny Buttons NZ 192Oh what a beautiful morning………………The crops in, just waiting for the plough again.

Considering the heavy over night rain we couldn’t believe our eyes when we woke up this morning, a clear blue sky and glorious sunshine. This was going to be a great day. As we progressed along the canal several walkers along the towpath commented “Where did this come from?” or “Not bad for October”. Obviously a lot of people were out and about making the most of it.

Granny Buttons NZ 197 Fradley Junction. Meeting of the Coventry and Trent & Mersey Canal's.

It was a pretty un-eventful day except that by 11am clouds started amassing on the horizon. A quick stop at Whittington for a few provisions and then a straight run through to Fradley Junction. As soon as we reached the start of the visitor moorings we slowed right down working our way along the line seeing how far we could get before the available moorings ran out. A mooring selected and we started to pull in. But who have we here? A couple of familiar faces! I know, we met them here last time we passed this way, Phil and Sally Bridger no less. They have been following our blog and Phil knew we would be in the area today, so here they were as a welcoming committee. Ain’t that nice!

Granny Buttons NZ 198 Bruce and Sheila’s Nb Sanity Again at Fradley Junction.

Well as they had gone to all this trouble the least we could do was make them a cuppa. Just as well they drank tea cos that’s all we have at present. Poor Dot is reduced to drinking Ribena until she can get some more coffee.

Granny Buttons NZ 200I have a model of this 1954 Fordson van. Side valve engine with 6v electrics. Top speed 50 MPH.

Yesterday’s blog mentioned working boat Dove. Well this morning we had a comment on our blog from Andrew and Andrea Hoyle on FMC Dove. The FMC stand’s for Fellow’s, Morton and Clayton Ltd the company that ran Dove as one of their fleet. Nice to make your acquaintance even though briefly.

Granny Buttons NZ 202 Toadstools

The last couple of days we have noticed a lot of toadstool’s around and the occasional mushroom but the latter are always out of reach.

Granny Buttons NZ 203 What a shame these weren't found earlier. Bacon and mushrooms!

Granny Buttons NZ 204 Dragonfly seating at the lake by Fradley Junction.

Granny Buttons NZ 206 Is it a boat, is it a van? The chandlery at Fradley Junction has a neat way of advertising.

Granny Buttons NZ 209We wandered up to the Middle lock on the Trent & Mersey Canal before returning back to Granny Buttons to try and avoid the rain.

A total of 73.25 Miles, and 38 Locks on Granny Buttons.


************** Brian and Diana on NB Harnser******** Maps by said...

I think you will find the van with the fenders belongs to the pub landlord

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Brian and Diana
Yes you're right, but a great advetisement anyway don't you think?