Busy few days

On Wednesday we moved through lock 8 on the Curdworth flight and found a nice place to moor for a couple of nights. We had a few jobs to do, and the weather was looking reasonable.

Inbetween Lock 4 and 5

Inbetween Lock 8 and 7

Looking toward Lock 5

Looking toward Lock 7

Hotel next to the canal and M42

Hotel next to the canal and M42

Izzy having a rare treat being off the lead.

Izzy having a rare treat being off the lead.

After we moored a CaRT volunteer came to see if we were alright as the pound was low in places. He was checking the locks. After chatting with him, he reassured us that Birmingham was okay and we should be safe. I had already marked mooring spots on the map that the BCNS leaflet stated were reasonable.

Our water pump needed attention as it was pumping when it shouldn’t. Charlie had already checked for leaks and satisfied there weren’t any, proceeded to strip the pump down and check it. He was suspicious that the non return valve was to blame. This was to be the case, and after a thorough cleaning, and everything back in place all seems to be working well again now. That was a morning’s job. We again washed the boats sides, and varnished the front cratch board.

Friday and we were off again through the rest of the Curdworth flight,

Looking back through the flight

Looking back through the flight

through the Curdworth tunnel,

Only 57yards long

Only 57yards long

and stopped at Minworth as Asda wasn’t far away, and we needed to top up the fruit and veg. So far we haven’t met many boats, but after mooring up one passed us.

A rare sight of a boat passing

A rare sight of a boat passing

We had a quiet mooring for the night despite houses being both sides of us. Asda was only 10 minutes away, and there was a Wickes so we could get some more varnish.

Today we were off again as we needed to get to the sanitary station at the top of the Minworth flight of 3 locks. Unfortunately it had been vandalised, so was out of action; we managed to fill up with water though and now need to head for the next sanitary station within the next 2 days, as we are on our third cassette. Our journey today took us from the Birmingham and Fazeley canal and onto the Tame Valley canal, and the next few pictures shows the boat passing under spaghetti junction.

Passing under a factory building

Passing under a factory building

Alongside the motorway

Alongside the motorway

The start of spaghetti junction with the cars and lorries flying along above

The start of spaghetti junction with the cars and lorries flying along above

Entrances to the GU canal in the foreground and the Birmingham and Fazeley arm continuation.

Entrances to the GU canal in the foreground and the Birmingham and Fazeley arm continuation.This is Salford junction, and we are turning right here. Dating from 1844 it forms a canal crossroads.

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More spaghetti junction photos. Note the columns from the roadways in the canal.

More spaghetti junction photos. Note the columns from the roadways in the canal.

We had 2 more locks to do 12-13 of the Perry Barr locks. There is now alot more detritus in the canal and I managed to fish out multiple bottles, a paint can, and a fender (intact so very useful) at the lock. We still haven’t passed any other boats, and it seems very strange and quiet. There is one boat moored by the industrial estate where we are now, and just now one boat passed us going down. This obviously isn’t a hire boat destination as we have hardly seen any. The weather today has seen us have all the seasons in one; sun,rain,snow and hail!! Good job we had stopped before it started. Tomorrow we will be on our way again to get through the locks (11 more to do) to the sanitary station. Lets hope it is working. We now have a few more scratches below the gunwales!

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