We stayed at Wootten Wawen for 4 days as we wanted to see if we could sort out the computer problem. After many emails and phonecalls on Tuesday and Wednesday, we managed to get the proof of purchase sent through and the warranty updated (as only had a week left before it ran out), and instructions of how to get it back to the Acer team for repair. We had already tried the troubleshooting ideas that they had recommended to no avail. Wednesday afternoon I walked to the post office to purchase a box, and was very cheeky in asking a few of the local shops if they could print the shipping label for me. A nice lady at the pet store did me the honours, so I purchased a toy for Izzy as a thankyou. Thursday we hopped the bus to Stratford (the quickest way there), to find the local UPS pickup point. It was raining and we got off the bus in the town centre. We stopped for a coffee and very expensive cake, so we could get our bearings; and it transpired that if we had got off the bus at the retail park we had passed it would have been nearer! Never mind because we took the opportunity of visiting the Avon Navigation trust barge for information and cost of navigating the River Avon, which we hope to do in August after all our guests have gone home. Laptop dropped off safely, a little browse around Asda Living store, then the bus back to the boat, by which time it had stopped raining and was extremely muggy. We had already explored the area prior to all of this, and luckily I now have some photo’s to share.
Friday we moved along to Wilmcote. This is where we will be meeting our friends at the end of the month, they have booked a room at The Mary Arden Inn in the village. The weather although dry was quite windy. We had one lock to do, so I walked Izzy the mile to the lock before getting back on board. Shortly after the lock is the Edstone aquaduct.
The aquaduct is small in comparison to the Pontcysyllte (28 feet high and 475 feet long), but still has a dramatic effect on travelling over it (particularly in the wind which was knocking us against the cast iron side!). The aquaduct spans a byroad, a tributary of the River Alne, and the twin tracks of the Birmingham and Warwickshire railway. It is a cast iron trough carried on brick piers with the towpath running along the level of the bottom of the tank, so that pedestrians get a ducks eye view of passing boats. I managed a view snapshots as we were going over.
After much banging and clanging we were across. I expect we will go back over again when the grandkids come next week. They will probably enjoy the experience better than me.
We are now at Wilmcote, a lovely little village with a good general store that sells artisan breads (mmmm), 2 pubs and Mary Ardens Farm. We will probably bring the grandkids here as much to do, and another ticket that gives 12months admission. So I can see a few visits here will be the entertainment of the week. This village is also served with a mobile post office. A small van that arrives at 11.30 and stays for 2 hours. What a good idea. I think many villages in Cornwall could benefit from this service. We will be off again tomorrow as need the sanitary station and water. A few more locks then we can do some shopping and stock up before the little kiddies eat me out of house and home!!