Whittington to Sutton Road Bridge

We stayed at Whittington for 2 nights and had what could be described as 2 days of summer! Lovely warm sunshine (not seen for many a month). We moved yesterday to the outskirts of Tamworth in the sunshine, as Charlie needed a new electric shaver; his last 2 being hand me downs finally giving up the ghost. I as usual decided to walk Izzy, whilst Charlie steered. On the way past Whittington a signpost marks the joining of the Birmingham and Fazeley canal with the Coventry canal. The canal between Fazeley and Whittington was built by the Birmingham and Fazeley company. The Coventry canal received it’s act of parliament in 1768, but seventeen years later was nowhere near completion. In frustration the Trent and Mersey and Birmingham and Fazeley companies undertook to jointly build the canal between Fradley and Fazeley. The two met at Whittington in 1790. The plaque was erected by the IWA commemorating the bicentenary of the joining.

Memorial plaque

Memorial plaque

The canal then passes through Fisherwick where there a fields full of polytunnels. These weren’t evident in December when we passed through before, but are now resplendant along the way.

Fisherwick polytunnels

Fisherwick polytunnels

still more polytunnels

still more polytunnels

I managed to walk about 2.5miles before hopping back on at Hopwas. There alot of boats were on the move and Charlie had to hold back through many of the bridges to let boats pass through. Some work also being done along the Hopwas wood stretch.

Coffee time for the digger

Coffee time for the digger

I prepared dinner on the way so it would be ready on our arrival, as we wanted to walk to the shopping park in the afternoon. After mooring we showered (hot water heated by engine), had dinner, then walked to the retail park. Managed to source a shaver in Argos, a few items in Poundland, and booked Izzy for her annual booster in Pets at Home. Also ordered a couple of items in B&Q that would be ready for collection today.

Today Izzy had her injection (not impressed). Currently we are waiting for B&Q to ring so we can collect our ordered items. I’ve prepared dinner and it is in the oven.

Tomorrow we will move along to Fazeley junction so we can partake of the sanitary station there, and top up with water. We then want to moor at the RSPB park where we were in November, as the weather for the weekend isn’t looking very promising. We are heading for Birmingham, so there will be many locks to do!

Lastly a picture taken the other day of mummy duck with her offspringDSC01667

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