We had 48 hours on the moorings at Longwood Boat Club. A couple of boats pulled out of the arm whilst we were there; and one of them happened to be the organiser’s of the BCNS explorer cruise. We had a good chat with them and they offered us to join the cruise that was starting on Friday 6th May. After reading the information they gave us we decided to continue on our way and stick with our original plan to do the cruise in June. On Wednesday we had a walk around Hay Heath Nature reserve. A former limestone quarry.
Thursday we moved from the junction to Park Lime Pits, another former limestone quarry developed into a woodland by the Victorians after the quarry collapsed and filled with water. We had a walk to the Manor Arms pub as we were told it was quaint and had no bar! This was true as the beer pumps were attached to the wall. A pork pie lunch with a beer went down well.
Saturday we were forecast to have possible thunderstorms. We had been doing some varnishing to the front cratch board, and a little touch up on the black paintwork. Inevitable when the boat in use constantly. The weather was very hot and humid, but by 4pm the skies darkened and the forecast thunderstorm arrived, along with torrential rain; this lasted for a couple of hours and the towpath looked like a pond the next morning. Sunday we had a relaxing day. Charlie tried fishing with no luck; and I read my current book. Late afternoon the current BCNS cruise arrived to moor along from the Manor Arms pub to where we were moored. 18 boats arrived and many had to breast up; and being the friendly souls we are we offered our services for a boat to breast against.
It was nice to have some company albeit brief, as still not many boats moving along this canal. Today we cruised for 5 miles to Brownhills sanitary station. Along the way Charlie had to get up on the bow as we had picked up a rather large log with branches. He managed to get it onto land; unfortunately I didn’t have the camera to hand. The canal is a contour canal and is very twisty and windy in places. We turned around at Brownhills and moored by Tesco’s. We walked into town to Aldi. The local Post Office said they didn’t do Poste Restante which is a nuisance as we need post and prescriptions. Tomorrow we hope to move to the Anglesey branch and investigate the Chasewater reservoir and Heritage railway. The weather today has been very hot and humid, but long range forecast says it won’t last.