Thursday, 3 March 2011

Starts grey ends in glorious sunshine

You will notice from the photographs that we started our day yesterday with grey skies and ended it in lovely, lovely spring sunshine.  We left Wolverley at 9am heading south towards Kidderminster and Stourport.  I had wandered up to prepare the Wolverley lock ready for whatever boat was going to take the lead but I could not get the top gate open. Try as I might it would not budge so I had to wait for Jill to emerge and add her weight to the beam before the darn thing would oblige.  These are good locks though, bridges over for access and two ground paddles and a gate paddle so filling was super fast!

Moored outside Sainsbury in Kidderminster
 We worked through two locks and moored up above the Kidderminster town lock to shop at Sainsbugs; not my favourite shop but it had a garage and fuel was needed by both boats for generators.  We will stop at Tesco and M&S, which are below the town lock, on our return journey.
 Caxton approaching the town lock beneath the imposing St. Mary and All Saints Church.

 Falling Sands lock with its sandstone bluff and wooded hillside to the left.
The sun was beginning to make an appearance by now and we had a lovely walk along the towpath into Stourport.  Jill and Graham haven't been this way so all was new and marvellous for them.

Blue skies and Caxton approaching York Street Lock ready to drop down into the basin and use the facilities block.  We locked both boats down, filled with water and enquired about a visitor mooring in the Chandlers.  We ended up breasted up because the visitor mooring was occupied by a boat that apparently had a leak.... We found that there were alternative moorings available after we had had a wander and both boats were swiftly shifted on to individual moorings.  We now have a super view of the basin from the boat and a safe spot for the dogs and Daisy the cat to be off their respective boats. 

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