Yesterday we left Gailey Wharf for Penkridge (so called because it skirts the River Penk). It has been very warm these past few days, and it was broadcast that the Midlands had over 100% humidity. No wonder we are melting. We are used to the cooling breezes of Cornwall! We negotiated 4 locks; one of which sits beside the M6 motorway.
We always like to cruise early so we can get a good spot after everyone has moved on. At Penkridge we found a reasonably quiet mooring despite being surrounded by houses. We had a walk into Penkridge to see what the town had to offer, and we were told of a market that would be there on Wednesday.
Today we walked again into the town to the market, and it was very impressive. There were many stalls selling almost everything from hardware, cakes, plants, clothes, fruit and veg. The only other market that has been as lively was when we were in Stone. Penkridge village has a range of shops including a large co-op and a lovely butchers that has locally sourced meat, makes sausages and pies and also faggots. Us southerners aren’t too au fait with faggots; we know of them as my daughter used to make them when she was running a pub; but these were recommended by another boater so it would have been rude not to try them, as they are made daily in the butchers shop. Dinner tomorrow sorted. We will probably move tomorrow as there is a Midland Chandlers closeby and there are some things we need to get there; but heavy rain and thunderstorms forecast so we need to move early and get moored before the rain starts.