We are heading for Brummagem, time to sort out the Xmas shopping. We had an early, for us, start and were in Atherstone lock 10 by 0800.
The Tale of the Leaky Lock.
Just a note to let you know that his here lock is very slow,
So take a breath, relax and smile, you might be waiting here a while.
The problem is, or so we're told, lock thirteen is very old.
Her paddles shot through wear and tear, the water pours out here and there.
We've had them fixed and fixed again by some of Waterways finest men
And for a while the lock works well, until again they leak like hell.
Now if this pause in you sojourn has made you stop and think and learn
That on the cut there is a pace that's not for those who want to race.
So if you're rushing, running late, this tale of Leaky Lock you'll hate.
If you've no time to gently float, then why a bloody Narrow Boat?
The Bard of Glascote Locks.
Eat your heart out W.S.
We have stopped just beyond Drayton Brick Bridge where they have thoughtfully provided mooring rings.
As I was half way through today's literary gem there came a plaintive cry for help from a chap on a hire boat who had stopped nearby for lunch and, as he prepared to leave, had dropped one of his mooring hooks in the cut. I loaned him my Sea Searcher but he could not locate the errant pin. Then, as is the wont of hire boaters, he had to rush off to keep his schedule. So I had a shot at finding it, we now have an extra hook.
Watch this space.........