Locks!

After getting our items at the retail park, we shuffled along the canal a bit further toward Fazeley; stopping by some very grand looking houses. On Sunday we had to move as our toilet cassette situation needed attention urgently. We got up early so we could get on the sanitary station, as I wanted to wash the other side of the boat with ease. We haven’t been particularly organised since being back on board, as I think we have got out of the habit of our routine, but Sunday we made sure we were organised so we could get everything done. Moored at sanitary station and whilst Charlie was dealing with the cassettes, and the water was filling, I managed to wash down the boat’s off side. I already had the washing machine on the go, and a small piece of beef cooking slowly in the oven (I had already cooked some roasted veggies on Saturday). Once all of the duties were completed we were off again, this time turning right at Fazeley junction and heading toward Birmingham. We stopped at Conveyors aqueduct by the RSPB bird sanctuary, where we had stayed a week in November. The last few days have been very quiet on the canal, with not many boats moving either way. The weather has gradually been getting colder, but we have had some bright intervals which helps the solar panels.

Today as it was a sunny start we decided to move through the Curdworth locks. We only planned to do 4 today as we haven’t done any locks for 5 months, and we knew it would be hard. I, as usual walked Izzy between the locks.

Heading for Curdworth Bottom Lock (11 in this flight)

Heading for Curdworth Bottom Lock (11 in this flight)

Waiting for the lock

Waiting for the lock

and in the lock

and in the lock

I had set the washing machine again, as it only holds 3kgs and I had towels and bedlinen to do. By the time we had reached the next water point the washing had finished, so we stopped and filled the tank again. And partook of a much earned coffee.

Bodymoor Heath bridge water point

Bodymoor Heath bridge water point

2 locks done and we got through the third which was in our favour this time, and by the canalside was The Dog and Doublet pub. There was a boat already moored here, there is a  48hr restriction. He advised us there was a boat coming down the next lock, so we pulled up and decided to stay, and partake of the local hostelry.DSCF6196

Inside the Dog and Doublet

Inside the Dog and Doublet

The meals were typical pub grub, but reasonable price, and plenty of it. We also had a taste of the guest beer. The M42 runs parallel with this stretch of canal, but although we can see it, we can’t hear it! We came through on this stretch in 2011 on our first narrowboat holiday, but must say cannot remember any of the scenery. We may move tomorrow through the next lock, we will see what the weather is like first though.

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