The end of the Shropshire Union canal

Yesterday we made the effort to get to the end of the Shropshire Union, and a visitor mooring at Napton Narrowboats, so we can leave the boat secure whilst in Cornwall. It was a very windy day and in places the boat was difficult to handle as many open spaces. The canal continues to be rural virtually to the end. Hard to believe we are on the outskirts of Wolverhampton, except for the accent of course! It always amazes me how accents change within such a small area. Here follows some pics taken along the route.

Lucky to see a heron who stood still for the picture

Lucky to see a heron who stood still for the picture

Stretton aqueduct, floating over the A5.

Stretton aqueduct, floating over the A5.

Brewood church

Brewood church

Vintage boats at Brewood wharf

Vintage boats at Brewood wharf

Ornate bridge along the way

Ornate bridge along the way

Lucky to see another heron much further along

Lucky to see another heron much further along

Travelling under the M54.  We prefer our speed.

Travelling under the M54. We prefer our speed.

The end of the Shroppie at the junction with the Staffs and Worcester canal. A small stop lock to go through first.

The end of the Shroppie at the junction with the Staffs and Worcester canal. A small stop lock to go through first.

Breakaway on a linear mooring opposite Napton Narrowboat hire base.

Breakaway on a linear mooring opposite Napton Narrowboat hire base.

Signpost showing the way

Signpost showing the way

When we return we will be heading back toward Great Haywood, as we want to get onto the Coventry canal at Fradley junction. This will be back onto the T&M again for a short while (we know it well). The reason for this is we have booked the boat into Streethay Wharf in December (to coincide with returning to Cornwall), to be repainted and blacked, and a few minor jobs as well. This will then feel that Breakaway is truly ours, with our stamp on her. Question is what colour and do we change her name? The chappie I spoke to when booking asked to see the boat before we took her in, so we can do this on the way down the Coventry and heading to Birmingham.

It will have been 1 year this Friday since I retired. Where has the time gone? We have had quite an adventure since and hope for many more years yet. To anyone who asks do we get bored…the answer is NO definately not. Keeping fit, and seeing the country from a different perspective; checking out history along the way to keep our brains active (what brain), what could be better in retirement.

Off to Cornwall tomorrow. Hire car ordered and bags packed ready.

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