Gailey Wharf

Back on board after our brief visit to Cornwall, although our journey back to Wolverhampton was a slow one due to excess traffic and roadworks. Glad we don’t drive on roads much anymore!! We returned our hire car on Saturday (a rather smart red Seat Leon diesel automatic), and had a relaxing afternoon watching the shenanigans at Autherley stop lock; very entertaining and better than watching the telly! It was a hot afternoon, so nice to sit outside supping a beverage. Sunday we started early to get through the junction and also to negotiate a section on the Staffs and Worcester canal called the narrows; which is only wide enough for one boat to pass due to the fact it is cut out from solid rock. It never ceases to amaze me how these canals were built using only shovels, picks and manpower. So we are now cruising the Staffs and Worcester canal and heading toward Great Haywood. The canal so far has been very twisty and windy in places, but we have made it to Gailey.

The roundhouse at Gailey top lock that once was a toll house but now a private residence and shop selling canal ware

The roundhouse at Gailey top lock that once was a toll house but now a private residence and shop selling canal ware

Sanitary station at Gailey Wharf

Sanitary station at Gailey Wharf

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Breakaway in the lock ready to descend

Breakaway in the lock ready to descend

Looking back at the top lock from our mooring below, and seeing it in action with a boat exiting and one waiting to enter

Looking back at the top lock from our mooring below, and seeing it in action with a boat exiting and one waiting to enter

Today we have been doing a few jobs and I have been baking. Rain was forecast but we didn’t see any until 2pm when we had what could only be described as a cloudburst; sunny again now. I have managed to sell our deceased greyhound’s lifejacket by advertising it in the boat window (result as only put it in window today). I still have 2 new folding bicycle covers to get rid of now. And by chance whilst negotiating the lifejacket deal, started to chat to a lady waiting to enter the lock.It turns out that her husband is from Truro, and they live near Liskeard, and that she is a practice nurse at Liskeard surgery!! Small world. She had noticed our cornish flag. Tomorrow we will cruise to Penkridge. We can go steadily now as no more visitors planned as yet.

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